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.
Related formsde·light·er, nounde·light·ing·ly, adverbde·light·less, adjectiveself-de·light, nounun·de·light·ing, adjective

Synonyms for delight

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

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

Examples from the Web for delighting

Contemporary Examples of delighting

Historical Examples of delighting

  • And, delighting in us as He does, God could not possibly stint us in what we earn from Him.

  • He walked about the Gardens, delighting in the quiet and the coolness.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Elise was delighting in her steady work, the first she had ever been allowed to do.

  • I pressed the glove to my face, delighting in its imagined likeness to myself.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child

  • The good people thought they were delighting their son by these eulogies.

    The Hero

    William Somerset Maugham

British Dictionary definitions for delighting



(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 Formsdelighter, 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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Word Origin and History for delighting



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.

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