- Delight is defined as a feeling of great happiness or it is something that causes happiness or joy.
- An example of delight is what you feel when you've just won the lottery.
- An example of delight is your favorite quaint little restaurant.
- To delight is defined as to cause someone to feel great happiness or to feel great happiness or joy.
- An example of delight is a baby who says her first words and brings her parents great joy with those words.
- An example of delight is a person who really enjoys painting.
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Origin: Middle English deliten ; from Old French delitier ; from Classical Latin delectare, to delight, frequentative of Old Latin delicere ; from de-, from plush lacere, to entice, literally , to ensnare ; from Indo-European base an unverified form lek-, twig, snare from source Old English læl, whip: spelling, spelled influenced, influence by light
- to give great joy or pleasure
- to be highly pleased; rejoice: usually with in or an infinitive
- great joy or pleasure
- something giving great joy or pleasure
- Old Poet. the power of pleasing
Origin: ME & OFr delit < the v.
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- Great pleasure; joy.
- Something that gives great pleasure or enjoyment.
- To take great pleasure or joy: delights in taking long walks.
- To give great pleasure or joy: an old movie that still delights.
Origin: Middle English delit, from Old French, a pleasure, from delitier, to please, charm, from Latin dēlectāre : dē-, intensive pref.; see de- + lactāre, frequentative of lacere, to entice.