- a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture: She takes great delight in her job.
- something that gives great pleasure: The dance was a delight to see.
- to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly: The show delighted everyone.
- to have great pleasure; take pleasure (followed by in or an infinitive): She delights in going for long walks in the country.
Origin of delight
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Examples from the Web for delight
His surprise marriage to theater director Sophie Hunter may have broken hearts, but the squeals of delight were even louder.All Your Internet Boyfriends Are Taken: Gosling, Cumberbatch, and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt
January 3, 2015
Then they sat down at the dinner table and ate with delight.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
But I also want jazz to be loved and enjoyed, to serve as a source of enchantment and delight.What’s With This Uncool Surge in Jazz Bashing?
November 2, 2014
Yet even as her mother lobbed insults, Melissa was shown looking on, delight and pride in her eyes.Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan—A Funny, Moving Celebration on a Special 'Fashion Police'
September 20, 2014
The tomatoes' crunch and tang add new dimensions of delight.The Ultimate Southern Cheeseburger Created in South Carolina
Jane & Michael Stern
August 10, 2014
We hastened on, and to our delight found one of the best springs in the colony.Explorations in Australia
Malbone looked at Kate, who smiled with delight, and put her hand on that of Hope.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
And Jud, shouting with delight and relief, threw his arms around the neck of the horse.Way of the Lawless
But his wife, her face aglow, clasped her hands in an ecstasy of delight.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Gartley's heart swelled with delight, translating her confidence into his power.Weighed and Wanting
- (tr) to please greatly
- (intr foll by in) to take great pleasure (in)
- extreme pleasure or satisfaction; joy
- something that causes thismusic was always his delight
Word Origin and History for delight
c.1200, delit, from Old French delit "pleasure, delight, sexual desire," from delitier "please greatly, charm," from Latin delectare "to allure, delight, charm, please," frequentative of delicere "entice" (see delicious). Spelled delite until 16c. when it changed under influence of light, flight, etc.
c.1200, deliten, from Old French delitier (see delight (n.)). Related: Delighted; delighting.