- highly pleasing to the senses, especially to taste or smell: a delicious dinner; a delicious aroma.
- very pleasing; delightful: a delicious sense of humor.
- (initial capital letter) a red or yellow variety of apple, cultivated in the U.S.
Origin of delicious
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Examples from the Web for delicious
I will turn my nose up when you offer me the rest of some delicious pastry that you nibbled on.Why My Norovirus Panic Makes Me Sick
January 5, 2015
Kevin: This is actually a delicious opportunity for Aniston.Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Got Married and We’re Worried About Jennifer Aniston
Kevin Fallon, Tim Teeman
August 28, 2014
Many blended scotches are just as delicious and take even more artistry to make.Don't Be a Single-Malt Scotch Snob
August 9, 2014
We prefer the low key spots, where the eating is as cheap as it is delicious.
This stuff is all fresh and delicious, and they serve a pretty excellent ropa vieja too.
These are very real, nourishing and delicious foods that are being offered you.
No doubt she could evolve a delicious gum from the mesquite and the incense plant.
It was such a wonderful day; it was such an unusual and delicious feast.
What was the matter with her that she was less gay, and that she was so overcome by this delicious pang?
She looked once more, just as he was turning his head; and so the minutes passed, and it was delicious.
- very appealing to the senses, esp to the taste or smell
- extremely enjoyable or entertaininga delicious joke
Word Origin and History for delicious
c.1300 (implied in deliciously), from Old French delicios (Modern French délicieux), from Late Latin deliciosus "delicious, delicate," from Latin delicia (plural deliciae) "a delight, allurement, charm," from delicere "to allure, entice," from de- "away" (see de-) + lacere "lure, deceive" (related to laqueus "noose, snare;" see lace). As a name of a type of apple, attested from 1903, first grown by Jesse Hiatt of Iowa, U.S.A. Colloquial shortening delish is attested from 1920.