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 delightfully (audio) , dē-​ \ 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 performances are great, the jokes delightful, and the music catchy (composer Matthew Skylar and lyricist Chad Beguelin have crafted one of the more memorable new scores in recent years). Dave Quinn,, "Tony Awards 2019: All the Musicals Up for Best New Musical," 7 June 2019 From the obvious yet delightful to the downright creative, comments also have highlighted the steep price tag of the new Mac Pro, coming in at $5,999, compared to the 2013 Mac Pro, which goes for $2,999 at the Apple Store. Madeline Purdue, Vandana Ravikumar, USA TODAY, "Mac n cheese: Twitter brings the jokes as Apple introduces Mac Pro at WWDC," 3 June 2019 Your wide and eclectic knowledge of so many topics brings a depth to your fashion writing that is rare and delightful. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Love Letters for Lynn Yaeger: The Industry Icon and CFDA Award Winner’s Friends and Colleagues on Her Style, Wit, and Influence," 30 May 2019 Still, seeing the BTS ARMY in real life was even more powerful and delightful than seeing them on Twitter. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "The BTS ARMY Explained What It Was Like to See BTS For the First Time Live on "Good Morning America"," 15 May 2019 When sugar was scarce and pennies low, maple syrup and even molasses made delightful eating, added to apples which were topped with a crunchy, flaky crust. Hannah Giorgis, Bon Appetit, "How Freda DeKnight’s Cookbook, ‘A Date with a Dish’ Inspired Generations of Black Cooks," 19 June 2018 Still, this picture should entertain Adkins’ growing base of fans, who ought to appreciate that the star gets more freedom than usual to be delightful as well as dangerous. Noel Murray,, "Tough guy Scott Adkins is the right fit for 'The Debt Collector'," 31 May 2018 Nainggolan set up substitute Lautaro Martinez with a delightful threaded pass for the Argentina forward to fire Inter to a 1-0 win at Parma on Saturday. Daniella Matar, The Seattle Times, "Ronaldo helps Juventus win but almost knocks teammate out," 10 Feb. 2019 Leave it to Joanna Gaines (and Target!) to find a way to make the Christmas cookie cleanup just as delightful as the cookies themselves. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Hearth & Hand Multi-Cookie Cutter Sheet Is Back in Stock," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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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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Comments on delightful

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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