de·​light·​ful | \ di-ˈlīt-fəl How to pronounce delightful (audio) , dē-\

Definition of delightful

: highly pleasing a delightful surprise enjoyed a delightful brunch

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Other Words from delightful

delightfully \ -​fə-​lē How to pronounce delightfully (audio) \ adverb
delightfulness noun

Examples of delightful in a Sentence

It has been delightful meeting you. That was a delightful party.

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The exterior depicts a delightful and detailed Chinese landscape scene, with horses, temples, and conversing citizens. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Oldies but Goodies: The 10 Standout Antiques from The Winter Show," 18 Jan. 2019 Fairfax Media / Getty Jack Dorsey runs one of the most valuable, maddening, delightful and frustrating technology companies in the world. Peter Kafka, Recode, "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talked to NYU’s Jay Rosen for an hour, on the record. Read and listen to the full interview here.," 14 Sep. 2018 The Hornets also stepped up their game, and a delightful ball from Deulofeu was almost headed in by Andre Gray, but his tame effort was blocked by Ashley Young., "Man Utd 1-0 Watford: Michael Carrick Shines & Says Goodbye to Old Trafford as Red Devils Win," 13 May 2018 This story is delightful and everyone is happy, as evidenced by this heart-melting photo of Meghan gazing adoringly at Harry seconds after The Great Pony Biting Attempt of 2018. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "This Pony Had the Nerve to Try and Eat Prince Harry With Meghan Markle Watching!!," 14 Feb. 2018 And then somebody following that person screenshotted them both, tweeting them together as a delightful story of Twerendipity. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook is pushing out its most creative skeptics," 28 Sep. 2018 In vibrant watercolor-and-ink drawings, Edwards tells a delightful story of friendship, peril, teamwork, and song. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Voyages, animals, beauty for the youngest readers," 11 June 2018 The movie, which was filmed on location in South Africa, promises lots of gorgeous scenery—and, of course, a delightful love story. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Hallmark Channel Just Announced Four New Summer Movies," 29 May 2018 So many warm, delightful stories have been told about plucky little Loyola-Chicago and its 98-year-old team chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt. David Waldstein, New York Times, "The Coach, the Rivalry and the Stolen Blazer," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of delightful

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delightful

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English Language Learners Definition of delightful

: very pleasant : giving or causing delight


de·​light·​ful | \ di-ˈlīt-fəl How to pronounce delightful (audio) \

Kids Definition of delightful

: giving delight : very pleasing

Other Words from delightful

delightfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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