[ dih-lish-uhs ]
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  1. highly pleasing to the senses, especially to taste or smell: a delicious dinner;a delicious aroma.

  2. very pleasing; delightful: a delicious sense of humor.

  1. (initial capital letter) a red or yellow variety of apple, cultivated in the U.S.

Origin of delicious

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin dēliciōsus, equivalent to Latin dēliciae “delight” + -ōsus -ous

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1. Delicious, luscious refer to that which is especially agreeable to the senses. That which is delicious is highly agreeable to the taste or sometimes to the smell: a delicious meal. Luscious implies such a luxuriant fullness or ripeness as to make an object rich: a luscious banana; a luscious beauty; luscious music.

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Other words from delicious

  • de·li·cious·ly, adverb
  • de·li·cious·ness, noun
  • hy·per·de·li·cious, adjective
  • hy·per·de·li·cious·ly, adverb
  • hy·per·de·li·cious·ness, noun
  • o·ver·de·li·cious, adjective
  • o·ver·de·li·cious·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·de·li·cious·ness, noun
  • un·de·li·cious, adjective
  • un·de·li·cious·ly, adverb

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How to use delicious in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for delicious


/ (dɪˈlɪʃəs) /

  1. very appealing to the senses, esp to the taste or smell

  2. extremely enjoyable or entertaining: a delicious joke

Origin of delicious

C13: from Old French, from Late Latin dēliciōsus, from Latin dēliciae delights, charms, from dēlicere to entice; see delight

Derived forms of delicious

  • deliciously, adverb
  • deliciousness, noun

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