What does delight mean?

Definitions for delightdɪˈlaɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word delight.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. delight, delectation(noun)

    a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction

    "his delight to see her was obvious to all"

  2. joy, delight, pleasure(verb)

    something or someone that provides a source of happiness

    "a joy to behold"; "the pleasure of his company"; "the new car is a delight"

  3. please, delight(verb)

    give pleasure to or be pleasing to

    "These colors please the senses"; "a pleasing sensation"

  4. delight, enjoy, revel(verb)

    take delight in

    "he delights in his granddaughter"

  5. enchant, enrapture, transport, enthrall, ravish, enthral, delight(verb)

    hold spellbound


  1. delight(Noun)

    joy; pleasure

  2. delight(Verb)

    To give pleasure to.

  3. Origin: A wrong spelling, in imitation of words like light, might, etc.; the analogical modern spelling would be delite;, from deliten, from deleiter, deliter, from delectare, frequentative of delicere; see delicate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delight(verb)

    a high degree of gratification of mind; a high- wrought state of pleasurable feeling; lively pleasure; extreme satisfaction; joy

  2. Delight(verb)

    that which gives great pleasure or delight

  3. Delight(verb)

    licentious pleasure; lust

  4. Delight(verb)

    to give delight to; to affect with great pleasure; to please highly; as, a beautiful landscape delights the eye; harmony delights the ear

  5. Delight(verb)

    to have or take great delight or pleasure; to be greatly pleased or rejoiced; -- followed by an infinitive, or by in

  6. Origin: [OE. deliten, OF. delitier, deleitier, F. dlecter, fr. L. delectare to entice away, to delight (sc. by attracting or alluring), intens. of delicere to allure, delight; de- + lacere to entice, allure; cf. laqueus a snare. Cf. Delectate, Delicate, Delicious, Dilettante, Elicit, Lace.]


  1. Delight

    Delight is a town in Pike County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 279 at the 2010 census. It is the birthplace of country musician Glen Campbell, though the actual early home of the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee was in nearby Billstown, which Campbell describes as a "suburb" of Delight. Delight is also the home of former Arkansas State Auditor and Treasurer Gus Wingfield, and the father of actor and singer Scott Reeves.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delight

    de-līt′, v.t. to please highly.—v.i. to have or take great pleasure: to be greatly pleased.—n. a high degree of pleasure: extreme satisfaction: that which gives great pleasure.—p.adj. Delight′ed, greatly pleased: (Shak.) delightful.—adjs. Delight′ful, Delight′some, full of delight.—adv. Delight′fully.—n. Delight′fulness.—adj. Delight′less, affording no delight. [O. Fr. deliter—L. delectāre, inten. of delicĕre.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'delight' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4820

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'delight' in Nouns Frequency: #1752

Anagrams for delight »

  1. glideth

  2. lighted


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delight in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Professor Wayne Flynt:

    She looked at the stack of reviews and her reaction was delight.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.

  3. Ben Sweet:

    Guests will become truly immersed in the films in a new and exciting way, we hope to delight fans and give them a unique way to celebrate the 'Star Wars' story.

  4. John Masefield:

    Since the printing press came into being, poetry has ceased to be the delight of the whole community of man; it has become the amusement and delight of the few.

  5. Doris Lessing:

    All sanity depends on this that is should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh.

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