giving great pleasure or delight; highly pleasing: a delightful surprise.

Origin of delightful

First recorded in 1520–30; delight + -ful
Related formsde·light·ful·ly, adverbde·light·ful·ness, nounun·de·light·ful, adjectiveun·de·light·ful·ly, adverb

Synonyms for delightful

Antonyms for delightful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for delightful

Contemporary Examples of delightful

Historical Examples of delightful

  • The home of the Birkenholt family was not one of the least delightful.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Had you been poor, how delightful would it have been to labour for my benefactor!

  • Is it not delightful to know that you can start anything when you please?

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • One of the most delightful things about temptation is yielding now and then.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The reverential care bestowed on this grave is delightful to witness.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for delightful



giving great delight; very pleasing, beautiful, charming, etc
Derived Formsdelightfully, adverbdelightfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for delightful

c.1400, from delight (n.) + -ful. Related: Delightfully.

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