- a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture: She takes great delight in her job.
- something that gives great pleasure: The dance was a delight to see.
verb (used with object)
- to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly: The show delighted everyone.
verb (used without object)
- to have great pleasure; take pleasure (followed by in or an infinitive): She delights in going for long walks in the country.
- (tr) to please greatly
- (intr foll by in) to take great pleasure (in)
- extreme pleasure or satisfaction; joy
- something that causes thismusic was always his delight
c.1200, delit, from Old French delit “pleasure, delight, sexual desire,” from delitier “please greatly, charm,” from Latin delectare “to allure, delight, charm, please,” frequentative of delicere “entice” (see delicious). Spelled delite until 16c. when it changed under influence of light, flight, etc.
c.1200, deliten, from Old French delitier (see delight (n.)). Related: Delighted; delighting.