de·​light·​ful | \ di-ˈlīt-fəl , dē-\

Definition of delightful

: highly pleasing a delightful surprise enjoyed a delightful brunch

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Other Words from delightful

delightfully \ -​fə-​lē \ 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 winter weather outside might be frightful, but cozying up inside with our fave Christmas movies on Netflix and some snacks is always delightful. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Christmas Movies on Netflix You Can Stream During the Holidays," 19 Dec. 2018 The results of Princess Charlotte and Prince George's designs are sure to be delightful, in the same way that a child's art is—the stranger, the more charming. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte and Prince George Will Have Their Own Tree to Decorate This Christmas," 2 Dec. 2018 With her sweet cooking videos copying Ina Garten, hilarious photo captions, and even a few memes, Garner's page has proven a delightful place to be. Lily Rose, Allure, "Jennifer Garner Wore Rollers and Red Lipstick to Pick Up Her Kids From School, Because Why Not?," 18 Sep. 2018 But the idea of walking into a brewery and knowing that all of the beer available is fair game, well that sounds delightful. Hannah Drown,, "Where can you find an entirely gluten-free brewery in the United States?," 24 Apr. 2018 It’s all great stuff—and the Touareg itself looks delightful—but VW of America has repeatedly told us that the new SUV won’t be offered here. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Volkswagen SUV with Unpronounceable Name Pronounced New for Europe, China," 23 Mar. 2018 The Boulevard feels like a morale booster for employees and a delightful surprise for visiting customers. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Palace of Perfectionism Where McLaren Supercars Are Born," 12 Feb. 2016 In theory, the idea of watching berobed tots fill the air with their angelic voices sounds delightful. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "Great Mom Debate: Is It Rude to Leave Your Child's Concert After Their Part is Done?," 12 Dec. 2011 The vibe throughout is slightly nostalgic, chic and overall delightful. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "John Derian's Store Is A Winter Wonderland," 21 Nov. 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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The first known use of delightful was circa 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of delightful

: very pleasant : giving or causing delight


de·​light·​ful | \ di-ˈlīt-fəl \

Kids Definition of delightful

: giving delight : very pleasing

Other Words from delightful

delightfully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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