delight

noun
de·​light | \ di-ˈlīt How to pronounce delight (audio) , dē-\

Definition of delight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a high degree of gratification or pleasure : joy children squealing in delight also : extreme satisfaction seems to take delight in the misfortunes of others
2 : something that gives great pleasure her performance was a delight
3 archaic : the power of affording pleasure of more delight than hawks or horses be— Shakespeare

delight

verb
delighted; delighting; delights

Definition of delight (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to take great pleasure delighted in playing the guitar
2 : to give keen enjoyment a book certain to delight

transitive verb

: to give joy or satisfaction to Her books delight readers of all ages.

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Other Words from delight

Verb

delighter noun

Synonyms for delight

Synonyms: Noun

delectation, feast, gas [slang], joy, kick, manna, pleasure, treat

Synonyms: Verb

crow, exuberate, exult, glory, joy, jubilate, kvell, rejoice, triumph

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Examples of delight in a Sentence

Noun

We watched the fireworks with delight. The kids screamed in delight as they chased one another around the park. To the delight of the children, there were enough cookies for everyone to have two. Some people seem to take great delight in hearing about the misfortunes of others. The trip was a delight. a garden full of tasty delights The magazine is a cook's delight. The stories are a delight to read.

Verb

The toy delighted the children. The stories will delight readers of all ages.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Or the delight of helping a colleague overcome a challenge. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Ask yourself these questions to find your best-self game plan," 14 Sep. 2019 Next up, a royal tour of Africa, which should bring us many more sartorial delights. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Returns from Maternity Leave—Wearing Her Own Designs," 12 Sep. 2019 But where some game series fill their sequels with a cool mix of boundary-pushing risks and familiar delights, Gears 5 sees fit to cover an all-too-familiar core with a bunch of tinsel and accoutrements. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Gears 5 review: An obvious gaming recommendation—if you already paid for it," 10 Sep. 2019 Scenes of this Chinese and Chinese-American family eating, laughing, arguing and lovingly maintaining this charade fill frame after frame, providing visual delight. New York Times, "The Summer of Platonic Love at the Movies," 30 Aug. 2019 The prettiest food delight was the gorgeous marzipan princess cake, a Swedish tradition, served with champagne from France. Jane Napier Neely, La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: Backyard birthday soiree brings songs, smiles all around," 27 Aug. 2019 One of last year's biggest delights for horror fans was the Netflix hit The Haunting of Hill House. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "'The Haunting of Hill House' Season 2, 'The Haunting of Bly Manor': Everything We Know About the New Season," 23 Aug. 2019 Seth Doane visited the Langhe region of Piedmont, Italy, where the rolling hills are covered with hazelnut trees, and with confectioners and pastry makers who bask in the delights of the hazelnut. CBS News, "This Week: "A Sunday Morning in Florence" (August 18)," 15 Aug. 2019 Once the sun sets, head to Marcus at The Hamilton Princess for a dinner of Bermudian fusion delights. Shiona Turini, Essence, "Get Lost: 72 Hours In Bermuda," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the newest edition, due Nov. 12 from Scribner, will delight you. Robin Mather, chicagotribune.com, "New ‘Joy of Cooking’ is a masterwork that will erase any reservations about past editions," 9 Sep. 2019 Instead of living in fear of office puritans, aim to delight them. Jacob Brogan, BostonGlobe.com, "Go ahead and microwave fish, and other office lunch etiquette you should ignore," 27 Aug. 2019 Instead of living in fear of office puritans, aim to delight them. Jacob Brogan, Washington Post, "Go ahead and microwave fish, and other office lunch etiquette you should ignore," 23 Aug. 2019 The Havre de Grace Farmers Market will delight you with fresh produce and other goodies. Satisfy your gastronomic desires Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the market, under the big white tent in Hutchins park, foot of Congress Avenue. Ronald Browning, baltimoresun.com, "Havre de Grace: Annual art show is this weekend," 16 Aug. 2019 The moves delighted traditional agents, producers and theater owners, who saw an ally where Netflix was a disrupter. cleveland.com, "Amazon Studios, once the anti-Netflix, appears to be turning into it," 16 Sep. 2019 The moves delighted traditional agents, producers and theater owners, who saw an ally where Netflix was a disrupter. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "Amazon Studios, once the anti-Netflix, appears to be turning into it," 16 Sep. 2019 Her co-workers delighted in her generous provision of baked goods for their enjoyment over the years and she was often consulted in her South Windsor neighborhood for her medical expertise. courant.com, "Lois E. Snelgrove," 15 Sep. 2019 Lizzo delighted in this variation on her song and took it a step further, retweeting Cookie Monster’s original joke with some new lyrics of her own. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Cookie Monster changes the lyrics to 'Truth Hurts,' and Lizzo is here for it," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of delight

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for delight

Verb and Noun

Middle English deliten, from Anglo-French deliter, from Latin delectare, frequentative of delicere to allure, from de- + lacere to allure

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delight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of delight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong feeling of happiness : great pleasure or satisfaction
: something that makes you very happy : something that gives you great pleasure or satisfaction

delight

verb

English Language Learners Definition of delight (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (someone) very happy : to give (someone) great pleasure or satisfaction

delight

noun
de·​light | \ di-ˈlīt How to pronounce delight (audio) \

Kids Definition of delight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : great pleasure or satisfaction : joy The baby clapped with delight.
2 : something that gives great pleasure Visiting with them was a delight.

delight

verb
delighted; delighting

Kids Definition of delight (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to take great pleasure Grandma delights in showing us her old photos.
2 : to give joy or satisfaction to The show delights all ages.

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