[dih-zahyuh r-uh-buh l]


worth having or wanting; pleasing, excellent, or fine: a desirable apartment.
arousing desire or longing: a desirable man or woman.
advisable; recommendable: a desirable law.


a person or thing that is desirable.

Nearby words

  1. designment,
  2. desilver,
  3. desilverize,
  4. desinence,
  5. desipramine,
  6. desire,
  7. desire under the elms,
  8. desired,
  9. desirous,
  10. desist

Origin of desirable

1350–1400; Middle English < Old French. See desire, -able

Related formsde·sir·a·bil·i·ty, de·sir·a·ble·ness, nounde·sir·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for desirable



worthy of desire or recommendationa desirable residence
arousing desire, esp sexual desire; attractive


a person or thing that is the object of desire
Derived Formsdesirability or desirableness, noundesirably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for desirable



late 14c., from Old French desirable (12c.), from dasirer (see desire (v.)). Related: Desirably; desirability.

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