delicious

[ dih-lish-uhs ]
/ dɪˈlɪʃ əs /

adjective

highly pleasing to the senses, especially to taste or smell: a delicious dinner; a delicious aroma.
very pleasing; delightful: a delicious sense of humor.

noun

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

Origin of delicious

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < 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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British Dictionary definitions for delicious

delicious

/ (dɪˈlɪʃəs) /

adjective

very appealing to the senses, esp to the taste or smell
extremely enjoyable or entertaininga delicious joke
Derived Formsdeliciously, adverbdeliciousness, noun

Word Origin for delicious

C13: from Old French, from Late Latin dēliciōsus, from Latin dēliciae delights, charms, from dēlicere to entice; see delight
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Word Origin and History for delicious

delicious


adj.

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.

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