[ dih-lahy-tid ]
/ dɪˈlaɪ tɪd /


highly pleased.
Obsolete. delightful.

Origin of delighted

First recorded in 1595–1605; delight + -ed2

SYNONYMS FOR delighted

1 captivated, enraptured, enchanted, ecstatic.


Definition for delighted (2 of 2)

[ dih-lahyt ]
/ dɪˈlaɪt /


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.

verb (used with object)

to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly: The show delighted everyone.

verb (used without object)

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

1175–1225; (v.) respelling, after light1, of earlier delite, Middle English deliten < Anglo-French deliter, Old French delitier < Latin delectāre (see delectable); (noun) respelling (as above) of Middle English delit < Anglo-French, Old French, derivative of v.

OTHER WORDS FROM delight Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for delighted (1 of 2)

/ (dɪˈlaɪtɪd) /


(often foll by an infinitive) extremely pleased (to do something)I'm delighted to hear it!

sentence substitute

I should be delighted to!

Derived forms of delighted

delightedly, adverbdelightedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for delighted (2 of 2)

/ (dɪˈlaɪt) /


(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

Derived forms of delight

delighter, noun

Word Origin for delight

C13: from Old French delit, from deleitier to please, from Latin dēlectāre, from dēlicere to allure, from de- + lacere to entice; see delicious; English spelling influenced by light
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