What does delight mean?

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dɪˈlaɪtde·light

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. delight, delectationnoun

    a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction

    "his delight to see her was obvious to all"

  2. joy, delight, pleasureverb

    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, delightverb

    give pleasure to or be pleasing to

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

  4. delight, enjoy, revelverb

    take delight in

    "he delights in his granddaughter"

  5. enchant, enrapture, transport, enthrall, ravish, enthral, delightverb

    hold spellbound

Wiktionary

  1. delightnoun

    joy; pleasure

    Etymology: 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.

  2. delightverb

    To give pleasure to.

    Etymology: 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. Delightverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Delightverb

    that which gives great pleasure or delight

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Delightverb

    licentious pleasure; lust

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Delightverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Delightverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

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  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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. delight

    To feel joy and love.

    The delight on his face was beautiful as his future wife walked through the door following a holiday, they hugged for hours.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 22, 2020  

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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

How to pronounce delight?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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Numerology

  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

Examples of delight in a Sentence

  1. Guicciardini:

    From things which have been obtained after having been long desired men almost never derive the pleasure and delight which they had anticipated.

  2. Jeanne-Marie Roland:

    It is for the wise people who delight in humanity, praise justice, despise their flatterers, and respect the truth.

  3. Ed Asner:

    It all blends into each other, ’Rich Man, Poor Man’ was an epiphany for me. ‘Elf’ was a delight. ‘Up’ was an unbelievable stroke. I think it ranks up at the top for Pixar. and it certainly was a wonderful shot in my arm and butt as to my career, but ‘Elf’ and ‘Up,’ I am down to single syllable names these days.

  4. Immanuel Kant, FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF THE METAPHYSICS OF ETHICS:

    To be beneficent when we can is a duty; and besides this, there are many minds so sympathetically constituted that, without any other motive of vanity or self-interest, they find a pleasure in spreading joy around them, and can take delight in the satisfaction of others so far as it is their own work. But I maintain that in such a case an action of this kind, however proper, however amiable it may be, has nevertheless no true moral worth, but is on a level with other inclinations. ... For the maxim lacks the moral import, namely, that such actions be done from duty, not from inclination.

  5. Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde:

    I delight in men over seventy. They always offer one the devotion of a lifetime.

Images & Illustrations of delight

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. contagious
    • B. equivalent
    • C. butch
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