Definition of delight in English:


Syllabification: de·light
Pronunciation: /diˈlīt


[with object]
  • 1Please (someone) greatly: an experience guaranteed to delight both young and old
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    • It was here he held court late into the night, cajoling, entertaining and delighting friends from various walks of life.
    • The gods and monsters of khon have been delighting Siamese audiences for the past seven centuries, though for the majority of its history those audiences only included ancient VIPs.
    • The production made its Australian debut in 2000 receiving rave reviews from the Australian press and delighting audiences in Sydney and Melbourne.
    please greatly, charm, enchant, captivate, entrance, thrill; gladden, gratify, appeal to; entertain, amuse, divert
    informal send, tickle pink, bowl over
  • 1.1 [no object] (delight in) Take great pleasure in: they delight in playing tricks
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    • It keeps records of wrongs, delights in evil and rejoices in deception.
    • But when we say that ‘This is who X really is’ we are in fact delighting in evil and rejoicing in a lie.
    • I guess it's like this: The things I appreciated most and delighted in were simple.
    take pleasure in, revel in, luxuriate in, wallow in, glory in; adore, love, relish, savor, lap up
    informal get a kick out of, get a thrill out of, get a charge out of, dig


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  • 1Great pleasure: she took great delight in telling your story
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    • He took great delight there to go to the bookbinders' shops and lie gaping on maps.
    • He took great delight that she had already started her golf lessons.
    • The place was overflowing the girls, squealing in delight, holding cameras and cheering.
  • 1.1A cause or source of great pleasure: the trees here are a delight
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    • Meanwhile, the city has become a gleaming, shining pretty pearl in a box of pleasures and delights.
    • All disciples of cinematic perversion know too well the delights of suffering in the face of intense pleasure.
    • Bored of earthly delights, he takes his compulsion for pleasure to the nth degree.


Middle English: from Old French delitier (verb), delit (noun), from Latin delectare 'to charm', frequentative of delicere. The -gh- was added in the 16th century by association with light1.

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