Definition of delight in US English:

delight

verb

[with object]
  • 1Please (someone) greatly.

    ‘an experience guaranteed to delight both young and old’
    • ‘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 was here he held court late into the night, cajoling, entertaining and delighting friends from various walks of life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So much so that up to 30 cars visit the cul-de-sac every night, delighting Paul.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Three capybaras have been born at the popular animal park and the babies are now delighting visitors as they lap up the autumn sunshine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘The production made its Australian debut in 2000 receiving rave reviews from the Australian press and delighting audiences in Sydney and Melbourne.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Based at the village hall, the group has been delighting audiences since it was founded in 1964.’
    • ‘During the 90s he was a fixture on the carnival and festival circuit, delighting huge crowds across the Caribbean, the US, and Europe.’
    • ‘The good ‘bad’ woman who had been delighting audiences simply disappeared.’
    • ‘Strategies for remortgaging your house and delighting your adult children.’
    • ‘I think we're in a very competitive marketplace, because unless we're delighting you, you won't choose us.’
    • ‘We have a most jolly fellow for a postman and here of late I've been confounding and delighting him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But only after delighting the crowds, which by some estimates numbered about ten thousand, with a hit after hit.’
    • ‘Everything from rock to reggae will take turns delighting the crowd.’
    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’
      • ‘Over the years, he enjoyed the company of many good friends and always delighted in sharing memories with his willing listeners.’
      • ‘His garden is a vivid display of summer colour and George delights in having the time to enjoy it.’
      • ‘No worker delights in taking a confrontational stand on the job.’
      • ‘I guess it's like this: The things I appreciated most and delighted in were simple.’
      • ‘He also delighted in seeing the girls team achieve such honour and glory over the past five years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She rejoiced over them, delighting in them, looking into my eyes with great joy.’
      • ‘There is a class of person who delights in trying to scare the pants off you with appalling tales of child-rearing horror.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mostly, however, I heartily adored you, delighting in your company, relishing your exuberant sense of humor, which you punctuated with lusty cackles.’
      • ‘Television today delights in bringing us programmes from hell and we now frequently read of rage.’
      • ‘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 delights in the society of brilliant foreigners, especially painters, singers and musicians.’
      • ‘It keeps records of wrongs, delights in evil and rejoices in deception.’
      • ‘They are a community of webloggers used to sharing their ideals and delighting in their own expression.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But when we say that ‘This is who X really is’ we are in fact delighting in evil and rejoicing in a lie.’
      • ‘He both delights in and is shocked by the games played, unmasking them, playing his own fantastic counter-tricks.’
      • ‘She delights in mopping it up with the melted cheesey bread before it has time to congeal.’
      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’
    • ‘She cast the door aside with a big wave of her hand, much to the delight of the girls behind her.’
    • ‘He took great delight there to go to the bookbinders' shops and lie gaping on maps.’
    • ‘Fabulous performances throughout, and the excitement and delight of the crowds is contagious.’
    • ‘The end of a wonderful game played in the spirit of friendship and harmony much to the delight of everyone.’
    • ‘While dark clouds loomed the rain held off, much to the delight of participants and audience alike.’
    • ‘They invest a few pennies per customer per year in customer delight.’
    • ‘To the dismay of its critics and the delight of its fans, romantic comedy is a formula genre.’
    • ‘How do you create customer satisfaction, customer delight, and customer ecstasy?’
    • ‘How many loves have shared such pure delight?’
    • ‘Pursue him to your heart's delight, because I do not care.’
    • ‘Williams uncharacteristically lets the advantage slip, much to the delight of the crowd.’
    • ‘This is not the easiest musical combination to classify, much to the delight of its purveyors.’
    • ‘He'll grin and squeal with delight, and ignore me completely, which I'm fine with.’
    • ‘Rowena looked at the picture also, at the delight on all three faces.’
    • ‘Washed by the summer rain, the green leaves have glistened, much to the delight of the tourists.’
    • ‘Once more, the delight of the crowd is fundamental to this strategy.’
    • ‘Our patients expressed sheer delight in participating in this effort.’
    • ‘The delight on her face is teaching me a lesson which marks my soul deeply.’
    • ‘The place was overflowing the girls, squealing in delight, holding cameras and cheering.’
    • ‘And the grin of delight on the faces of the suppliers said it all.’
    • ‘Short, sweet and - you can imagine the perverse delight I have in pointing out - completely wrong.’
    • ‘He took great delight that she had already started her golf lessons.’
    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’
      • ‘Enjoy culinary delights at international food booths representing more than 40 countries.’
      • ‘True, this leads to potential confusion when ordering from the smorgasbord of delights at a fish and chip shop.’
      • ‘No wonder so many people brave the dark roads to sample the delights on offer.’
      • ‘Now to sample the culinary delights of America.’
      • ‘The 4,000 sq. ft. lounge is a pure visual delight.’
      • ‘Not one, but three spectacular performance artists delivered their delights to a capacity crowd.’
      • ‘All disciples of cinematic perversion know too well the delights of suffering in the face of intense pleasure.’
      • ‘On account of the gastronomic delights, I actually recommenced my walking while there.’
      • ‘And there are the quickie meals for those who have no time to enjoy culinary delights at a leisurely pace.’
      • ‘The programme promises to be a delight for the connoisseurs of music.’
      • ‘Mid-year on the far north coast is a gardener's delight, so get out there and enjoy it.’
      • ‘Let me be maudlin and say the book is a sheer delight.’
      • ‘So please come one and all and be dazzled by the delights of our talented local artists.’
      • ‘You could say it's their gastronomic delight, their favourite treat.’
      • ‘Not just for honeymooners, Florence has art, architecture and culinary delights on every sculptured corner.’
      • ‘When harvested they make even the simplest meal seem like a gourmet delight.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the city has become a gleaming, shining pretty pearl in a box of pleasures and delights.’
      • ‘Bored of earthly delights, he takes his compulsion for pleasure to the nth degree.’
      • ‘Here I let the tide push me along the wall and savoured the marine delights on offer.’
      • ‘Adults too can relax and enjoy the delights on offer at many of the places around the region.’
      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

/dəˈlaɪt//dəˈlīt/