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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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  • He knew his danger, but forgot everything in the deliciousness of her embraces.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • There I gave myself up to the deliciousness of the hour, for no other word can describe it.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • Full with the sound of it, the smell of it, the deliciousness of it.

    At Fault Kate Chopin.
  • The sweetest of thoughts are never satisfied with their own deliciousness.

  • Already the stealing sense of deliciousness was breathing over him.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Georgie, with all her deliciousness, could never pass a chance of sarcasm.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
British Dictionary definitions for deliciousness


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 deliciousness

mid-15c., from delicious + -ness.



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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