[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.

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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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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