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 Swayman is a 22-year-old rookie goaltender from Anchorage who has been nothing short of dazzling and delightful since making his National Hockey League debut on April 6. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Shutouts and selfies: Anchorage rookie goaltender Jeremy Swayman makes an impact with Boston Bruins," 18 Apr. 2021 Leslie Jordan rose to social media fame early in the pandemic, thanks to his witty, uncensored, and downright delightful Instagram presence. Seija Rankin,, "Leslie Jordan read The Feminine Mystique as a kid and has no patience for bad Southern accents," 16 Apr. 2021 Correspondent Seth Doane visits the Aceto family, which has been farming lemons for seven generations, and learns about the challenges and rewards of growing the sensorially-delightful fruit. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (April 18)," 15 Apr. 2021 The salty cream cheese balances out the overpowering sweetness of the milk tea to create an unexpected yet delightful blend of flavors. David Deloso, San Francisco Chronicle, "The boba crisis is a perfect opportunity to try the superior tea topping: cheese foam," 14 Apr. 2021 John Burrow’s book, which stands as one of the most erudite, authoritative, comprehensive and delightful works on historiography ever written, is one of those. James M. Banner Jr., WSJ, "Five Best: Books on Revisionist History," 2 Apr. 2021 The 27-year-old, who has a knack for referencing both his youth and modern teen culture, creates tongue-in-cheek looks that play with experimental (and delightful) proportions and fabrics, while blurring the lines of gender norms. Alex Kessler, Vogue, "Meet 5 Young Designers Working Outside the Gender Binary," 23 Mar. 2021 But the most enticing part of Ruby is its crisp hibiscus flavor: delightful, refreshing and perfect for spring. New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 18 Mar. 2021 The most baffling and yet delightful movie reference comes from Veronica, who has gotten married first to an evil WASP type but is unhappy about it (very Charlotte York of her). Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "Bless Riverdale for Just Doing it and Being Legends Post–Time Jump," 3 Mar. 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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29 Apr 2021

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“Delightful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 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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