Delicious meaning

dĭ-lĭshəs
The definition of delicious is something that tastes or smells really good or is enjoyable.

An example of delicious is how a house smells after someone has been baking cookies all day.

An example of delicious is potato chips.

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Pleasing to taste; tasty.
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Very pleasant; delightful.

A delicious revenge.

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A variety of sweet, chiefly red or yellow winter apple.
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Either of two varieties of apple, the Golden Delicious or the Red Delicious.
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Highly pleasing or agreeable to the senses, especially of taste or smell.
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(colloquial) Metaphorically pleasing to taste; pleasing to the eyes or mind.
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Very pleasing to the senses, esp. to taste or smell.
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Very enjoyable; delightful.

A delicious bit of gossip.

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Origin of delicious

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman from Late Latin dēliciōsus pleasing from Latin dēlicia pleasure dē- intensive pref. de– lacere to entice

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English delicious, from Anglo-Norman delicious from Old French delicious, delicieus, from Late Latin dēliciōsu (“delicate, delicious”) from dēliciae (“delights”), plural of dēlicia (“pleasure”) from deliciō (“I allure, I entice”) from de- (“away”) + laciō (“I lure, I deceive”). Displaced native Middle English este (“delicious, favorable”) (from Old English ēste (“delicious, dainty, luxurious, delicate”)), Middle English wunlic, wunli (“delicious, joyous”) (from Old English wynlīċ (“pleasant, beatiful, joyful”)), Old English ēstelīc (“delicious, delicate, dainty”).

    From Wiktionary