[ del-yooj, -yoozh, del-ooj, -oozh, dih-looj, -loozh ]
/ ˈdɛl yudʒ, -yuʒ, ˈdɛl udʒ, -uʒ, dɪˈludʒ, -ˈluʒ /


a great flood of water; inundation; flood.
a drenching rain; downpour.
anything that overwhelms like a flood: a deluge of mail.
the Deluge. flood(def 3).

verb (used with object), del·uged, del·ug·ing.

to flood; inundate.
to overrun; overwhelm: She was deluged with congratulatory letters.

Nearby words

  1. deltoidal,
  2. delts,
  3. delubrum,
  4. delude,
  5. deluded,
  6. delusion,
  7. delusion of grandeur,
  8. delusion of negation,
  9. delusion of persecution,
  10. delusional

Origin of deluge

1325–75; Middle English < Old French < Latin dīluvium flood, equivalent to dīluv-, base of dīluere to wash away, dissolve (dī- di2 + -luere, combining form of lavere to wash) + -ium -ium

1. See flood. 3. cataclysm, catastrophe.

Related formsun·del·uged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deluge


/ (ˈdɛljuːdʒ) /


a great flood of water
torrential rain; downpour
an overwhelming rush or numbera deluge of requests

verb (tr)

to flood, as with water; soak, swamp, or drown
to overwhelm or overrun; inundate

Word Origin for deluge

C14: from Old French, from Latin dīluvium a washing away, flood, from dīluere to wash away, drench, from di- dis- 1 + -luere, from lavere to wash


/ (ˈdɛljuːdʒ) /


the Deluge another name for the Flood
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