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


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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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


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.


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

Step inside local businesses to partake in the Chili Crawl, and delight in the evening parade featuring floats and vehicles that twinkle brightly with lights of the season. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "These festivals, ongoing exhibits and community activities offer months of entertainment," 14 Sep. 2019 The festivity of shopping and the delight in its fruits unfortunately take the place of more thoughtful, deeply rooted, and crucial traits of character. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Review: “Hustlers” Is a Lurid Crime Story with No Edge," 13 Sep. 2019 Two calves came into the world on the first day of the fair, much to the crowd’s delight. Denise Coffey,, "159th Woodstock Fair Delights In Tradition," 9 Sep. 2019 But the Norwegian insisted that United 'don't have to sell' and expressed delight over Pogba's professional attitude., "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Provides Update on David de Gea's Future & Discusses Alexis Sanchez Injury," 10 July 2019 Websites like the Washington Free Beacon and the Daily Caller delight in highlighting the latest misstep from the new poster person for American Progressivism. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Why conservatives love to hate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez," 20 Aug. 2018 Dimitrios KambourisGetty Images The current Rolling Stone cover star is one Harry Styles, and unsurprisingly, the accompanying interview is a funny, charming delight. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Harry Styles Tripped on Mushrooms at the Studio and Bit Off Part of His Tongue," 27 Aug. 2019 Beyond that, like many tasty delights, word of mouth (especially by way of Instagram) is one of the easiest avenues to find out about these products. SELF, "These Companies Are Trying to Get You to Buy Food That’s Made With Scraps," 1 Aug. 2019 For the last 20 years, Spongebob Squarepants has brought delight, laughs, and plenty of meme inspiration to our lives. Teen Vogue, "The Best Pop Culture-Inspired Eyeshadow Palettes," 21 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Malek said he was delighted that the San Diego flavors reflect the multicultural heritage of the students at Washington Elementary. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local fourth-graders create unusual ice cream flavors for Salt & Straw," 6 Sep. 2019 Lakers fans were delighted at news that the franchise had signed Kostas Antetokounmpo to a two-way contract Sunday. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Lakers signed Kostas Antetokounmpo, and Lakers fans think they're getting Giannis now," 22 July 2019 We were delighted by responses which covered terrain from the gardens of Iceland to the desert of the Sahara. Kelly Barrett, National Geographic, "Flower power: 10 of the world's best destinations for blooms," 7 July 2019 Ben Easter was delighted with the way his students were performing. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "A New Kind of Space Camp Teaches the Art of Martian Medicine," 25 June 2019 When a young Princess Elizabeth received sample shoes ahead of her wedding day to Philip Mountbatten, she was clearly delighted with the design. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Inside the Archive That Houses 500 Years of Royal Family Fashion," 17 Feb. 2019 District Superintendent Austin Beutner said he was delighted the deal was reached. Amanda Lee Myers, The Seattle Times, "Los Angeles teachers return to classes after reaching deal," 23 Jan. 2019 Moms are delighted that car companies are moving out of the rollback lane and getting America up to speed on mileage and fuel economy. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "4 automakers reach emissions deal with California, bucking rollback," 25 Sep. 2018 The account instantly went viral, and she's been delighting the world with glamour shots of Chanco's mane ever since. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Meet Baby Chanco, the 7-Month-Old Going Viral for Her Full Head of Hair," 25 July 2018

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First Known Use of delight


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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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



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

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


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.


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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