- highly pleased.
- Obsolete. delightful.
Origin of delighted
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- a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture: She takes great delight in her job.
- something that gives great pleasure: The dance was a delight to see.
- to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly: The show delighted everyone.
- to have great pleasure; take pleasure (followed by in or an infinitive): She delights in going for long walks in the country.
Origin of delight
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Examples from the Web for delighted
One guy hams it up as Juliet, blonde wig and all, as a crowd gathers, delighted by the impromptu performance.Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
Pryor had yet to become the volatile social satirist who unnerved white industry executives and delighted black audiences.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
“I was delighted to collaborate,” he said in the interview with Retro Report.Bringing El Salvador Nun Killers to Justice
November 10, 2014
She did indeed go to Harvard, where she majored in English and delighted in reading Chaucer in Old English.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch
November 8, 2014
Just imagine how delighted Cpl. Bryon Dickson would have been to take his boys out trick-or-treating, if only he had been able.Killer Eric Frein Held in Murdered Cop’s Cuffs
October 31, 2014
At Percival's suggestion of a walk, Miss Milbrey was delighted.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"I can make a horse do what I want," he said, delighted at the compliment.Viviette
William J. Locke
We were delighted at a change in our mode of traveling and living.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
I am more than delighted to find he has begun to take an interest in music.
Thus a new paradise of God-labour opened on the delighted eyes of Hester.
- (often foll by an infinitive) extremely pleased (to do something)I'm delighted to hear it!
- I should be delighted to!
- (tr) to please greatly
- (intr foll by in) to take great pleasure (in)
- extreme pleasure or satisfaction; joy
- something that causes thismusic was always his delight
Word Origin and History for delighted
c.1200, deliten, from Old French delitier (see delight (n.)). Related: Delighted; delighting.
c.1200, delit, from Old French delit "pleasure, delight, sexual desire," from delitier "please greatly, charm," from Latin delectare "to allure, delight, charm, please," frequentative of delicere "entice" (see delicious). Spelled delite until 16c. when it changed under influence of light, flight, etc.