- 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 delighting
He had been delighting in zooming about just moments before.Michael Daly: My Last Day With JFK
November 11, 2013
She began riding to school and through the streets of her hometown, delighting in the freedom she felt.Is It Possible to Become Un-Paralyzed? Monique van der Vorst Says It Happened to Her
Sarah J. Robbins
December 18, 2011
Here we have a novel, and a novelist, delighting in the joy of language itself.Must Reads
Allen Barra, Lucy Scholes, Kevin Canfield, Jane Ciabattari
October 3, 2011
And, delighting in us as He does, God could not possibly stint us in what we earn from Him.The Conquest of Fear
He walked about the Gardens, delighting in the quiet and the coolness.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Elise was delighting in her steady work, the first she had ever been allowed to do.Molly Brown's Orchard Home
I pressed the glove to my face, delighting in its imagined likeness to myself.The Blue Wall
Richard Washburn Child
The good people thought they were delighting their son by these eulogies.The Hero
William Somerset Maugham
- (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 delighting
c.1200, deliten, from Old French delitier (see delight (n.)). Related: Delighted; delighting.
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.