Definition of delectation in English:



formal, humorous
  • [mass noun] Pleasure and delight.

    ‘they had all manner of rock 'n' roll goodies for our delectation’
    • ‘And for your delight and delectation - you too can try it out here.’
    • ‘I've finally got together some new links for your pleasure and delectation.’
    • ‘The title in itself is a little misleading, for this delectation produced for our viewing pleasure is neither about love nor does it appear to have celebrities!’
    • ‘Anyway, I've put a copy of the article and the review in the post for your delectation and amusement.’
    • ‘And now, for your delight and delectation: My First Online Column.’
    enjoyment, gratification, delight, pleasure, happiness, satisfaction, relish
    entertainment, amusement, diversion
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin delectatio(n-), from delectare to charm (see delight).