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  1. delightful; highly pleasing; enjoyable: a delectable witticism.
  2. delicious: a delectable dinner.
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  1. an especially appealing or appetizing food or dish: a buffet table spread with delectables.
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Origin of delectable

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin dēlectābilis delightful, equivalent to dēlectā(re) to delight (frequentative of dēlicere to entice) + -bilis -ble
Related formsde·lec·ta·ble·ness, de·lec·ta·bil·i·ty, nounde·lec·ta·bly, adverbun·de·lec·ta·ble, adjectiveun·de·lec·ta·bly, adverb



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Examples from the Web for undelectable

Historical Examples

  • Moreover, it enabled me to write what I had learned on the undelectable island of Mudros.

    Australia in Arms

    Phillip F.E. Schuler

  • Some weeks were spent at this most undelectable of places, so that everybody was eager to return.

    The Three Lieutenants

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • “I heartily hope we shall soon be ordered away from this most undelectable coast,” observed Jack.

    The Three Admirals

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for undelectable


  1. highly enjoyable, esp pleasing to the taste; delightful
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Derived Formsdelectableness or delectability, noundelectably, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Latin dēlectābilis, from dēlectāre to delight
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Word Origin and History for undelectable



late 14c., from Old French delectable, from Latin delectabilis "delightful," from delectare (see delight (n.)). Related: Delectably.

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