- 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
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Examples from the Web for deliciousness
In all this talk about food in America, we often lost our sense of taste and deliciousness.This Book Will Change the Way You Eat
December 19, 2013
In the name of history and deliciousness, it is especially welcome this year at my Thanksgiving table.What the Pilgrims Drank on Thanksgiving
November 28, 2013
The deliciousness of the meal and headiness of the wine are almost indescribable.My Week At An Austrian Fat Camp
October 27, 2013
It cuts down on the risk of cardiovascular disease, and doubles the deliciousness.Women Who Eat Meat
April 2, 2009
He knew his danger, but forgot everything in the deliciousness of her embraces.Possessed
There I gave myself up to the deliciousness of the hour, for no other word can describe it.Princess Zara
Full with the sound of it, the smell of it, the deliciousness of it.At Fault
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
- very appealing to the senses, esp to the taste or smell
- extremely enjoyable or entertaininga delicious joke
Word Origin and History for deliciousness
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.