Definition of delight in English:

delight

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Please (someone) greatly.

    ‘an experience guaranteed to delight both young and old’
    • ‘The gods and monsters of khon have been delighting Siamese audiences for the past seven centuries, though for the majority of its history those audiences only included ancient VIPs.’
    • ‘It was here he held court late into the night, cajoling, entertaining and delighting friends from various walks of life.’
    • ‘It is not a shameful act, the government for years openly endorsed it, and their increasing taxes are no doubt secretly delighting the politicians who pray on this addictive habit.’
    • ‘Strategies for remortgaging your house and delighting your adult children.’
    • ‘From first-year students right up to past pupils, many took to the stage with gusto with solo singers, duets, bands and dancers delighting the capacity audience.’
    • ‘Three capybaras have been born at the popular animal park and the babies are now delighting visitors as they lap up the autumn sunshine.’
    • ‘During the 90s he was a fixture on the carnival and festival circuit, delighting huge crowds across the Caribbean, the US, and Europe.’
    • ‘So much so that up to 30 cars visit the cul-de-sac every night, delighting Paul.’
    • ‘The production made its Australian debut in 2000 receiving rave reviews from the Australian press and delighting audiences in Sydney and Melbourne.’
    • ‘The good ‘bad’ woman who had been delighting audiences simply disappeared.’
    • ‘Everything from rock to reggae will take turns delighting the crowd.’
    • ‘I would be crippled with embarrassment, but I am sure my friend has a lovely baritone voice and will soon be delighting audiences in the Royal Albert Hall.’
    • ‘It is an enthralling book of revelations that he peels away like the delicate skins of an onion, constantly delighting his readers as they urgently devour its 483 pages.’
    • ‘But only after delighting the crowds, which by some estimates numbered about ten thousand, with a hit after hit.’
    • ‘Based at the village hall, the group has been delighting audiences since it was founded in 1964.’
    • ‘We have a most jolly fellow for a postman and here of late I've been confounding and delighting him.’
    • ‘I think we're in a very competitive marketplace, because unless we're delighting you, you won't choose us.’
    • ‘A variety of fish are already seen in the stream, delighting people who could have never imagined such a scene in the heart of a noisy and bustling metropolis.’
    • ‘By all accounts this was a great show, delighting audiences with a huge array of exceptional acts and talent.’
    • ‘He played the role for a decade and a half, delighting viewers with his portrayal of the irascible lawyer with references to wife as ‘she who must be obeyed’.’
    please greatly, charm, enchant, captivate, entrance, bewitch, thrill, excite, take someone's breath away
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    1. 1.1delight inno object Take great pleasure in.
      ‘they delight in playing tricks’
      • ‘She rejoiced over them, delighting in them, looking into my eyes with great joy.’
      • ‘He delights in the society of brilliant foreigners, especially painters, singers and musicians.’
      • ‘She delights in mopping it up with the melted cheesey bread before it has time to congeal.’
      • ‘I guess it's like this: The things I appreciated most and delighted in were simple.’
      • ‘There is a class of person who delights in trying to scare the pants off you with appalling tales of child-rearing horror.’
      • ‘It's then that he's at his most effective - like a 9-year-old at the arcade, delighting in mowing down his imaginary foes with his BB gun.’
      • ‘No worker delights in taking a confrontational stand on the job.’
      • ‘They are a community of webloggers used to sharing their ideals and delighting in their own expression.’
      • ‘But when we say that ‘This is who X really is’ we are in fact delighting in evil and rejoicing in a lie.’
      • ‘The installation delights in its own perversity and lo fi production values and challenges the viewer to come up with a formula to explain it.’
      • ‘He also delighted in seeing the girls team achieve such honour and glory over the past five years.’
      • ‘He both delights in and is shocked by the games played, unmasking them, playing his own fantastic counter-tricks.’
      • ‘Television today delights in bringing us programmes from hell and we now frequently read of rage.’
      • ‘Over the years, he enjoyed the company of many good friends and always delighted in sharing memories with his willing listeners.’
      • ‘The writing is on the wall - and the people pointing to it are not just eco-alarmists or sandwich-board prophets delighting in Cassandrine predictions of doom.’
      • ‘His garden is a vivid display of summer colour and George delights in having the time to enjoy it.’
      • ‘Mostly, however, I heartily adored you, delighting in your company, relishing your exuberant sense of humor, which you punctuated with lusty cackles.’
      • ‘It keeps records of wrongs, delights in evil and rejoices in deception.’
      • ‘The citizens of York delighted in the brilliant weather, which was enjoyed for the Whit Monday holiday.’
      • ‘This change of heart almost ensures that I'll be in hospital pushing by the weekend, as my body delights in thwarting me at every turn.’
      take great pleasure, find great pleasure, glory, revel, luxuriate, wallow
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noun

  • 1Great pleasure.

    ‘the little girls squealed with delight’
    ‘we broke into an impromptu dance, to the delight of the crowd’
    ‘she took great delight in telling your story’
    • ‘He took great delight there to go to the bookbinders' shops and lie gaping on maps.’
    • ‘They invest a few pennies per customer per year in customer delight.’
    • ‘The end of a wonderful game played in the spirit of friendship and harmony much to the delight of everyone.’
    • ‘Rowena looked at the picture also, at the delight on all three faces.’
    • ‘How do you create customer satisfaction, customer delight, and customer ecstasy?’
    • ‘Short, sweet and - you can imagine the perverse delight I have in pointing out - completely wrong.’
    • ‘The delight on her face is teaching me a lesson which marks my soul deeply.’
    • ‘Our patients expressed sheer delight in participating in this effort.’
    • ‘He'll grin and squeal with delight, and ignore me completely, which I'm fine with.’
    • ‘She cast the door aside with a big wave of her hand, much to the delight of the girls behind her.’
    • ‘This is not the easiest musical combination to classify, much to the delight of its purveyors.’
    • ‘Once more, the delight of the crowd is fundamental to this strategy.’
    • ‘To the dismay of its critics and the delight of its fans, romantic comedy is a formula genre.’
    • ‘He took great delight that she had already started her golf lessons.’
    • ‘While dark clouds loomed the rain held off, much to the delight of participants and audience alike.’
    • ‘And the grin of delight on the faces of the suppliers said it all.’
    • ‘Fabulous performances throughout, and the excitement and delight of the crowds is contagious.’
    • ‘The place was overflowing the girls, squealing in delight, holding cameras and cheering.’
    • ‘Williams uncharacteristically lets the advantage slip, much to the delight of the crowd.’
    • ‘How many loves have shared such pure delight?’
    • ‘Pursue him to your heart's delight, because I do not care.’
    • ‘Washed by the summer rain, the green leaves have glistened, much to the delight of the tourists.’
    pleasure, happiness, joy, joyfulness, glee, gladness, gratification, relish, excitement, amusement
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    1. 1.1 A cause or source of great pleasure.
      ‘the trees here are a delight’
      • ‘Now to sample the culinary delights of America.’
      • ‘Mid-year on the far north coast is a gardener's delight, so get out there and enjoy it.’
      • ‘Adults too can relax and enjoy the delights on offer at many of the places around the region.’
      • ‘No wonder so many people brave the dark roads to sample the delights on offer.’
      • ‘Not one, but three spectacular performance artists delivered their delights to a capacity crowd.’
      • ‘Let me be maudlin and say the book is a sheer delight.’
      • ‘True, this leads to potential confusion when ordering from the smorgasbord of delights at a fish and chip shop.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the city has become a gleaming, shining pretty pearl in a box of pleasures and delights.’
      • ‘On account of the gastronomic delights, I actually recommenced my walking while there.’
      • ‘The programme promises to be a delight for the connoisseurs of music.’
      • ‘And there are the quickie meals for those who have no time to enjoy culinary delights at a leisurely pace.’
      • ‘When harvested they make even the simplest meal seem like a gourmet delight.’
      • ‘Enjoy culinary delights at international food booths representing more than 40 countries.’
      • ‘You could say it's their gastronomic delight, their favourite treat.’
      • ‘So please come one and all and be dazzled by the delights of our talented local artists.’
      • ‘The 4,000 sq. ft. lounge is a pure visual delight.’
      • ‘All disciples of cinematic perversion know too well the delights of suffering in the face of intense pleasure.’
      • ‘Bored of earthly delights, he takes his compulsion for pleasure to the nth degree.’
      • ‘Not just for honeymooners, Florence has art, architecture and culinary delights on every sculptured corner.’
      • ‘Here I let the tide push me along the wall and savoured the marine delights on offer.’
      beautiful sight, vision of loveliness, feast for the eyes, pleasure to behold, dream, beauty, spectacle, picture, joy, marvel, sensation
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French delitier (verb), delit (noun), from Latin delectare ‘to charm’, frequentative of delicere. The -gh- was added in the 16th century by association with light.

Pronunciation

delight

/dəˈlīt//dəˈlaɪt/