[dee-lek-tey-shuh n]


delight; enjoyment.

Origin of delectation

1350–1400; Middle English delectacioun < Latin dēlectātiōn- (stem of dēlectātiō), equivalent to dēlectāt(us) (see delectate) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for delectation

Historical Examples of delectation

  • To spin yarns for Charley's delectation would have been absurd.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • And brought there expressly for your delectation, I suppose.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope

  • After dinner she continued the recital of her adventures for the Master's delectation.

    The Belovd Vagabond

    William J. Locke

  • She came in pretending to beat an imaginary horse, for the delectation of Meta.

  • They were reserved for the delectation of the sovereign and his court.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1

    Henry Sutherland Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for delectation



pleasure; enjoyment
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Word Origin and History for delectation

mid-14c., from Old French delectation "enjoyment" (12c.), from Latin delectationem (nominative delectatio), noun of action from past participle stem of delectare (see delight (n.)).

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