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

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin dēliciōsus, equivalent to Latin dēliciae delight + -ōsus -ous
Related formsde·li·cious·ly, adverbde·li·cious·ness, nounhy·per·de·li·cious, adjectivehy·per·de·li·cious·ly, adverbhy·per·de·li·cious·ness, nouno·ver·de·li·cious, adjectiveo·ver·de·li·cious·ly, adverbo·ver·de·li·cious·ness, nounun·de·li·cious, adjectiveun·de·li·cious·ly, adverb

Synonyms for delicious

Synonym study

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.

Antonyms for delicious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for deliciousness

Contemporary Examples of deliciousness

Historical Examples of deliciousness

  • He knew his danger, but forgot everything in the deliciousness of her embraces.


    Cleveland Moffett

  • There I gave myself up to the deliciousness of the hour, for no other word can describe it.

    Princess Zara

    Ross Beeckman

  • Full with the sound of it, the smell of it, the deliciousness of it.

    At Fault

    Kate Chopin.

  • The sweetest of thoughts are never satisfied with their own deliciousness.

  • Already the stealing sense of deliciousness was breathing over him.

    Adrienne Toner

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

British Dictionary definitions for deliciousness


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

mid-15c., from delicious + -ness.



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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