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[dih-lahyt-fuh l] /dɪˈlaɪt fəl/
giving great pleasure or delight; highly pleasing:
a delightful surprise.
Origin of delightful
First recorded in 1520-30; delight + -ful
Related forms
delightfully, adverb
delightfulness, noun
undelightful, adjective
undelightfully, adverb
pleasant, pleasurable, enjoyable; charming, enchanting, delectable, agreeable.
disagreeable. Unabridged
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  • The home of the Birkenholt family was not one of the least delightful.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Had you been poor, how delightful would it have been to labour for my benefactor!

  • Is it not delightful to know that you can start anything when you please?

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • One of the most delightful things about temptation is yielding now and then.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The reverential care bestowed on this grave is delightful to witness.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for delightful


giving great delight; very pleasing, beautiful, charming, etc
Derived Forms
delightfully, adverb
delightfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for delightful

c.1400, from delight (n.) + -ful. Related: Delightfully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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