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  1. a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture: She takes great delight in her job.
  2. something that gives great pleasure: The dance was a delight to see.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly: The show delighted everyone.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to have great pleasure; take pleasure (followed by in or an infinitive): She delights in going for long walks in the country.
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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.
Related formsde·light·er, nounde·light·ing·ly, adverbde·light·less, adjectiveself-de·light, nounun·de·light·ing, adjective


1. transport, delectation. See pleasure. 3. charm, enrapture.


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Historical Examples

  • The last comers of all are delighters in wickedness for its own sake, and request their due ill fame.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 355, May 1845


British Dictionary definitions for delighters


  1. (tr) to please greatly
  2. (intr foll by in) to take great pleasure (in)
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  1. extreme pleasure or satisfaction; joy
  2. something that causes thismusic was always his delight
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Derived Formsdelighter, noun

Word Origin

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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Word Origin and History for delighters



c.1200, deliten, from Old French delitier (see delight (n.)). Related: Delighted; delighting.

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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.

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