What does delight mean?

Definitions for delight

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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


  1. delightnoun

    joy; pleasure

  2. delightverb

    To give pleasure to.

  3. 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Delightnoun

    Etymology: delice, Fr. from delector, Latin.

    And Saul commanded his servants, saying, commune with David secretly, and say, behold the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee; now therefore be the king’s son-in-law. 1 Sa. xviii. 22.

    Come, sisters, chear we up his sprights,
    And shew the best of our delights:
    We’ll charm the air to give a sound,
    While you perform your antick round. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Titus Vespasian was not more the delight of human kind: the universal empire made him only known, and more powerful, but could not make him more beloved. John Dryden, Juv. Dedic.

    She was his care, his hope, and his delight;
    Most in his thought, and ever in his sight. John Dryden, Fables.

  2. To DELIGHTverb

    Etymology: delector, Latin.

    Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Ps. xxxvii. 4.

    Poor insects, whereof some are bees, delighted with flowers, and their sweetness; others beetles, delighted with other kinds of viands. John Locke.

    He heard, he took, and pouring down his throat,
    Delighted, swill’d the large luxurious draught. Alexander Pope, Odyss.

  3. To Delightverb

    To have delight or pleasure in. It is followed by in.

    Doth my lord, the king, delight in this thing? 2 Sa. xxiv.

    Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. Psal. cxii. 1.


  1. delight

    Delight refers to a high degree of pleasure, enjoyment, or satisfaction often arising from an unexpected source or a particularly pleasing experience. It can also refer to something or someone that provides such enjoyment or satisfaction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delightverb

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

  2. Delightverb

    that which gives great pleasure or delight

  3. Delightverb

    licentious pleasure; lust

  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

  5. Delightverb

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

  6. 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.]


  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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Delight is ranked #154907 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Delight surname appeared 105 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Delight.

    91.4% or 96 total occurrences were White.

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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

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  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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Doris Lessing:

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

  4. Margaret McSweeney:

    They delight in going out back, getting dirty and picking the veggies. I watch them eat them raw, they seem to delight in what they've grown, and there's never a battle.

  5. Bob Iger:

    We are building something truly special here in Shanghai that not only showcases the best of Disney's storytelling but also celebrates and incorporates China's incredibly rich heritage to create a one-of-a-kind destination that will delight and entertain the people of China for generations to come.

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    living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
    • A. foreordained
    • B. defiant
    • C. ravening
    • D. butch

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