There are 2 main definitions of delicious in English:

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delicious 1

Pronunciation: /dɪˈlɪʃəs/


1Highly pleasant to the taste: delicious home-baked brown bread
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  • When he eventually opened the foil packet, the smell was amazing and the venison tasted delicious too.
  • Learn how to tell when a custard is set, why eggs need to be relaxed before baking, and taste delicious results!
  • They nearly always taste delicious and everyone seems to really like them.
mouth-watering, appetizing, tasty, flavoursome, flavourful, delectable, toothsome, inviting, very enjoyable, very palatable;
succulent, luscious, rich, sweet;
savoury, piquant
British informal moreish
North American informal finger-licking, nummy
literary ambrosial
1.1Delightful: a delicious irony
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  • It would be a delicious irony if these actions now deem him to be unfit to sit on the council.
  • Which would make that irony even more delicious.
  • But then Nicole arrives looking simply delicious, and her voice is tolerable enough.
delightful, exquisite, delectable, lovely, pleasurable, extremely pleasant/enjoyable
informal glorious, heavenly, divine



Pronunciation: /dɪˈlɪʃəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • The ad acknowledged the individual deliciousness of peanut butter and chocolate while arguing the merits of a union between these ‘two great tastes.’
  • Instead, religious missionaries continue to bring boring, sexless dogma to the rest of the world, while soda pop executives continue to bring crisp, refreshing deliciousness.
  • This could be a story about madness, or about the illusions we adopt to make life livable, or simply about the deliciousness of doughnuts (which of course have a void in the middle).


Middle English (also in the sense 'characterized by sensuous indulgence'): via Old French from late Latin deliciosus, from Latin deliciae (plural) 'delight, pleasure'.

  • This comes from late Latin deliciosus, from Latin deliciae ‘delight, pleasure’. Luscious (Late Middle English) may be an alteration of delicious.

Words that rhyme with delicious

adventitious, Aloysius, ambitious, auspicious, avaricious, capricious, conspicuous, expeditious, factitious, fictitious, flagitious, judicious, lubricious, malicious, Mauritius, meretricious, nutritious, officious, pernicious, propitious, repetitious, seditious, siliceous, superstitious, suppositious, surreptitious, suspicious, vicious

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Line breaks: de|li¦cious

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There are 2 main definitions of delicious in English:

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Delicious 2

Pronunciation: /dəˈliSHəs/

Entry from US English dictionary


A red or yellow variety of eating apple with a sweet flavor and a slightly elongated shape, originally cultivated in the US.
Example sentences
  • Jonathons, Delicious, or any other sweet variety produce excellent results without the addition of sugar.
  • The flavor of Virginia Golden Delicious apples is exceptional and, because of an extended shelf life, these apples will last and last.
  • The best Red Delicious apples are from upstate New York.

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Syllabification: De·li·cious

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