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  1. giving or capable of giving joy or pleasure: a very enjoyable film.
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Origin of enjoyable

First recorded in 1635–45; enjoy + -able
Related formsen·joy·a·ble·ness, nounen·joy·a·bly, adverbpre·en·joy·a·ble, adjectiveun·en·joy·a·ble, adjectiveun·en·joy·a·ble·ness, nounun·en·joy·a·bly, adverb


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  • She was not the cook, but she could, and had on occasion, served up a most enjoyable breakfast.

  • It is as useful to read him as it is enjoyable to travel with him.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • All the aspects of rural life can thus be made most enjoyable.

  • All this would have been enjoyable and fruitful if there had not been a fish within a mile.

  • Let me only forget the past, and this life can be enjoyable enough.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

Word Origin and History for enjoyable


1640s, "capable of being enjoyed," from enjoy + -able. Meaning "affording pleasure" is from 1744. Related: Enjoyably; enjoyableness.

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