delectable

[ dih-lek-tuh-buhl ]
/ dɪˈlɛk tə bəl /

adjective

delightful; highly pleasing; enjoyable: a delectable witticism.
delicious: a delectable dinner.

noun

an especially appealing or appetizing food or dish: a buffet table spread with delectables.

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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delectable

/ (dɪˈlɛktəbəl) /

adjective

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

Word Origin for delectable

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

delectable


adj.

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

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