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[dih-lish-uh s] /dɪˈlɪʃ əs/
highly pleasing to the senses, especially to taste or smell:
a delicious dinner; a delicious aroma.
very pleasing; delightful:
a delicious sense of humor.
(initial capital letter) a red or yellow variety of apple, cultivated in the U.S.
Origin of delicious
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin dēliciōsus, equivalent to Latin dēliciae delight + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
deliciously, adverb
deliciousness, noun
hyperdelicious, adjective
hyperdeliciously, adverb
hyperdeliciousness, noun
overdelicious, adjective
overdeliciously, adverb
overdeliciousness, noun
undelicious, adjective
undeliciously, adverb
1. palatable, savory, delectable, dainty, delicate.
1. unpleasant.
Synonym Study
1. Delicious, luscious refer to that which is especially agreeable to the senses. That which is delicious is highly agreeable to the taste or sometimes to the smell: a delicious meal. Luscious implies such a luxuriant fullness or ripeness as to make an object rich: a luscious banana; a luscious beauty; luscious music. Unabridged
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  • These are very real, nourishing and delicious foods that are being offered you.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • No doubt she could evolve a delicious gum from the mesquite and the incense plant.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • It was such a wonderful day; it was such an unusual and delicious feast.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • She looked once more, just as he was turning his head; and so the minutes passed, and it was delicious.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • What was the matter with her that she was less gay, and that she was so overcome by this delicious pang?

    The Dream Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for delicious


very appealing to the senses, esp to the taste or smell
extremely enjoyable or entertaining: a delicious joke
Derived Forms
deliciously, adverb
deliciousness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Late Latin dēliciōsus, from Latin dēliciae delights, charms, from dēlicere to entice; see delight
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Word Origin and History for delicious

c.1300 (implied in deliciously), from Old French delicios (Modern French délicieux), from Late Latin deliciosus "delicious, delicate," from Latin delicia (plural deliciae) "a delight, allurement, charm," from delicere "to allure, entice," from de- "away" (see de-) + lacere "lure, deceive" (related to laqueus "noose, snare;" see lace). As a name of a type of apple, attested from 1903, first grown by Jesse Hiatt of Iowa, U.S.A. Colloquial shortening delish is attested from 1920.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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