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  1. delightful; highly pleasing; enjoyable: a delectable witticism.
  2. delicious: a delectable dinner.
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  1. an especially appealing or appetizing food or dish: a buffet table spread with delectables.
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Origin of delectable

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin dēlectābilis delightful, equivalent to dēlectā(re) to delight (frequentative of dēlicere to entice) + -bilis -ble
Related formsde·lec·ta·ble·ness, de·lec·ta·bil·i·ty, nounde·lec·ta·bly, adverbun·de·lec·ta·ble, adjectiveun·de·lec·ta·bly, adverb


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  • He is taken to the roof, from which he sees far off the outlines of the Delectable Mountains.


    James Anthony Froude

  • We'll see dear, delectable Greycroft and have our picnic in the barn?

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • This delectable dream, with infinite variations, carried Roger home.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • "Go and tell him I wish to speak with him," ordered the delectable tyrant.

    Little Miss Grouch

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • Nothing was too good for the sweet, delectable creature, and he told him as much.

    Follow My leader

    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for delectable


  1. highly enjoyable, esp pleasing to the taste; delightful
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Derived Formsdelectableness or delectability, noundelectably, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Latin dēlectābilis, from dēlectāre to delight
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Word Origin and History for delectable


late 14c., from Old French delectable, from Latin delectabilis "delightful," from delectare (see delight (n.)). Related: Delectably.

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