[ dih-lek-tuh-buhl ]
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  1. delightful; highly pleasing; enjoyable: a delectable witticism.

  2. delicious: a delectable dinner.

  1. 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

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Other words from delectable

  • de·lec·ta·ble·ness, de·lec·ta·bil·i·ty, noun
  • de·lec·ta·bly, adverb
  • un·de·lec·ta·ble, adjective
  • un·de·lec·ta·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use delectable in a sentence

  • There were also beasts and birds which sung full delectably, and moved by craft, that it seemed that they were alive.

  • Then I, too, went back to bed, and I slept delectably and dreamless.

  • So they drove to Foyot's and consumed two hours more in lunching delectably.

    Clark's Field | Robert Herrick

British Dictionary definitions for delectable


/ (dɪˈlɛktəbəl) /

  1. highly enjoyable, esp pleasing to the taste; delightful

Origin of delectable

C14: from Latin dēlectābilis, from dēlectāre to delight

Derived forms of delectable

  • delectableness or delectability, noun
  • delectably, adverb

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