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 As delightful as the tableau before me is, the reality is more bittersweet: The African penguin is critically endangered. Elizabeth Warkentin, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Oct. 2021 Her Chaucer course is sparsely attended, but beyond the classroom, Joan’s bawdy humor and reckless commentary are as delightful as her beloved Canterbury Tales. Roxanne Fequiere, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 Gunn doesn’t have a brilliant success here — the movie’s not as delightful as the similar-in-tone Thor: Ragnarok, for instance. Kyle Smith, National Review, 4 Aug. 2021 For a Jennifer Coolidge character, the world is a continual revelation, so delightful, so frightful! Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2021 This production, directed by Kevin Cahoon and taped to broadcast-quality standards in an empty theater at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, is as delightful as its predecessors. Terry Teachout, WSJ, 17 June 2021 Brown Sisters trilogy is as delightful as her previous books. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 Over the past few months, TikTok for some bizarre and delightful reason has become something of a hub for clever iPhone hacks. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 7 Oct. 2021 The ivory croquembouche and Saint Honoré were equally delightful and delicious desserts. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 6 Oct. 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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“Delightful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 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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