Definition of delight noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈlaɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlaɪt//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] a feeling of great pleasure synonym joy a feeling of sheer/pure delight The children squealed with delight when they saw the puppy. She won the game easily, to the delight of all her fans. He takes (great) delight in(= enjoys) proving others wrong. Synonymspleasuredelight joy privilege treat honourThese are all words for things that make you happy or bring you enjoyment.pleasure a thing that brings you enjoyment or satisfaction:the pleasures and pains of everyday life It’s been a pleasure meeting you.delight a thing or person that brings you great enjoyment or satisfaction:the delights of living in the countryjoy a thing or person that brings you great enjoyment or happiness:the joys and sorrows of childhoodpleasure, delight or joy?A delight or joy is greater than a pleasure; a person, especially a child, can be a delight or joy, but not a pleasure; joys are often contrasted with sorrows, but delights are not.privilege (rather formal) something that you are proud and lucky to have the opportunity to do:It was a great privilege to hear her sing.treat (informal) a thing that somebody enjoyed or is likely to enjoy very much:You’ve never been to this area before? Then you’re in for a real treat.honour/​honor (formal) something that you are very pleased or proud to do because people are showing you great respect:It was a great honour to be invited here today.Patterns the pleasures/​delights/​joys of something It’s a great pleasure/​joy to me that… It’s a pleasure/​delight/​joy/​privilege/​treat/​honour to do something It’s a pleasure/​delight/​joy to see/​find… a pleasure/​delight/​joy to behold/​watch a real pleasure/​delight/​joy/​privilege/​treat a great pleasure/​joy/​privilege/​honour a rare joy/​privilege/​treat/​honour
  2. 2[countable] something that gives you great pleasure synonym joy This guitar is a delight to play. the delights of living in the country the unrivalled culinary delights of the hotel
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French delitier (verb), delit (noun), from Latin delectare ‘to charm’, frequentative of delicere. The -gh- was added in the 16th cent. by association with the verb light.Extra examples Flowering trees provide shade as well as visual delight. He became deeply religious and turned away from earthly delights. He expressed his delight at seeing us all again. His mind was reeling with an almost aesthetic delight at the beauty of the thing. I find a perverse delight in listening to traffic. Much to the delight of the crowd, the band came back and did three encores. Savour the culinary delights of Morocco. She gave a whoop of delight and dived into the water. She took evident delight in frightening the children with horror stories. The baby was a constant delight and source of amazement. The news was greeted with great delight. The old lady’s reminiscences were a continual delight to Constance. To my great delight, they offered me the job. We danced around with childish delight. Alex squealed with delight when he saw the monkeys. It was a delight to see him so fit and healthy. She takes great delight in proving others wrong.
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