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 \ di-​ˈlīt-​fə-​lē How to pronounce delightful (audio) , dē-​ \ adverb
delightfulness noun

Examples of delightful in a Sentence

It has been delightful meeting you. That was a delightful party.
Recent Examples on the Web In this delightful — and very British — novel, Virginia Woolf, William Wordsworth, Elizabeth Bishop, Dr. Samuel Johnson and Lord Byron all make cameos, along with, of course, Jane Austen. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 The ever-delightful list of guest stars includes Ziwe as Sojourner Truth, Billy Eichner as Walt Whitman, and Chloe Fineman as Sylvia Plath somehow, as well as the return of Zosia Mamet as Louisa May Alcott and Will Pullen as Nobody. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 2 Sep. 2021 This common medieval practice of marginalia as a space for the delightful, the grotesque, and the zany is enchantingly Groff’s as well., 2 Sep. 2021 Audi's unconventional—and delightful—turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 10 June 2021 Problems become delightful, playful, insightful and magical. Jay Steven Levin, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Keeping with Finn's own mien, the record's 12 songs are delightful, quirky, cool, and occasionally dark. Katherine Turman,, 1 June 2021 Dipping, smearing, and sopping are delightful ways to eat, and the cooks know their sauces. Sheri Castle, Travel + Leisure, 4 Sep. 2021 Small, lightly fragrant, pink flowers are produced off and on through much of the summer and attract a delightful parade of pollinators — bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and more. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of delightful

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delightful

see delight entry 2

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The first known use of delightful was circa 1530

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“Delightful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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