de·​light·​ful di-ˈlīt-fəl How to pronounce delightful (audio)
: highly pleasing
a delightful surprise
enjoyed a delightful brunch
delightfully adverb
delightfulness noun

Example Sentences

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


see delight entry 2

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of delightful was circa 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Delightful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


de·​light·​ful di-ˈlīt-fəl How to pronounce delightful (audio)
: highly pleasing : giving delight
delightfully adverb
delightfulness noun

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