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.
Recent Examples on the Web This is one more TV show that has new resonance in the pandemic era, but for once that relevance is delightful, not depressing. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Central Park’ Is the Show We Need Right Now," 28 May 2020 Gregg DeGuireGetty Images The Union-Wade family are consistently delightful on Instagram, with Kaavia James Union Wade a very strong contender for best celebrity baby. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Gabrielle Union Had a Hilarious Photoshoot With Her Baby Daughter, Kaavia," 1 May 2020 Certain local gems like Alara in Lagos or Totokaelo in Seattle offer a more curated, but still delightful, playground to get lost in. Connie Wang,, "RIP To Opening Ceremony, A Store That Taught Us How To Find Ourselves," 16 Jan. 2020 Tonight the artists went playful, forgoing drop dead glamour for more personal quirky (and delightful) options. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "The Best Dressed Stars at the 2019 American Music Awards," 25 Nov. 2019 The vintage imagery is especially delightful in all the various ways the moon has been portrayed in our popular culture. Robert Frank, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 24 Apr. 2020 Jing Wei No longer a baby, but not quite a child, your 18-month-old exists in a delightful in-between that’s filled with both frequent squeals of laughter and seemingly inexplicable tears. New York Times, "The science of your 18-month-old," 18 Apr. 2020 On the other hand, the Speedster is undoubtedly a looker, and a swift, top-down run in this car is nothing short of delightful. Martin Padgett, Car and Driver, "1993 Porsche 911 Speedster Road Test," 27 Mar. 2020 The first five episodes of Run bounce between comedy and thriller in this delightful, unexpected way. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "After ‘Fleabag,’ Vicky Jones was ready to ‘Run’ toward a tricky HBO thriller-comedy," 12 Apr. 2020

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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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1 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Delightful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce delightful (audio)

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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