[ dih-lahyt ]
/ dɪˈlaɪt /
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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.

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 byin or an infinitive): She delights in going for long walks in the country.



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Origin of delight

First recorded in 1175–1225; (verb) respelling, after light1, of earlier delite,Middle English deliten, from Anglo-French deliter,Old French delitier, from Latin delectāre (see delectable); (noun) respelling (as above) of Middle English delit, from Anglo-French, Old French, derivative of the verb
1. See pleasure.
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British Dictionary definitions for delight

/ (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
delighter, noun
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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