Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Delight \De*light"\, v. i. To have or take great delight or pleasure; to be greatly pleased or rejoiced; -- followed by an infinitive, or by in.
Love delights in praises.
I delight to do thy will, O my God.
--Ps. xl. 8.
Delight \De*light"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Delighting.] [OE. deliten, OF. delitier, deleitier, F. d['e]lecter, fr. L. delectare to entice away, to delight (sc. by attracting or alluring), intens. of delicere to allure, delight; de- + lacere to entice, allure; cf. laqueus a snare. Cf. Delectate, Delicate, Delicious, Dilettante, Elicit, Lace.] To give delight to; to affect with great pleasure; to please highly; as, a beautiful landscape delights the eye; harmony delights the ear.
Inventions to delight the taste.
Delight our souls with talk of knightly deeds.
Delight \De*light"\, n. [OE. delit, OF. delit, deleit, fr. delitier, to delight. See Delight, v. t.]
A high degree of gratification of mind; a high- wrought state of pleasurable feeling; lively pleasure; extreme satisfaction; joy.
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
A fool hath no delight in understanding.
2. That which gives great pleasure or delight.
Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new delight.
Licentious pleasure; lust. [Obs.]
n. a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction; "his delight to see her was obvious to all" [syn: delectation]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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.
Delight, AR -- U.S. city in Arkansas
Housing Units (2000): 168
Land area (2000): 0.455734 sq. miles (1.180346 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.455734 sq. miles (1.180346 sq. km)
FIPS code: 18100
Located within: Arkansas (AR), FIPS 05
Location: 34.030717 N, 93.503269 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 71940
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Delight means joy or pleasure, or to give pleasure.
Delight may refer to:
Delight was a Polish gothic metal band.
n. joy; pleasure. vb. 1 To give delight to; to affect with great pleasure; to please highly. 2 (label en intransitive) To have or take great pleasure
Usage examples of "delight".
As he crouched in hiding among the unkempt shrubbery which so short a while since had been the delight and pride of the wife he no longer recalled, an Arab and an Abyssinian wheeled their mounts close to his position as they slashed at each other with their swords.
And as she uttered these words, in accents of dreamy delight, she ascended the first step of the Shrine.
Lydia, delighted at the prospect of champagne which she is now old enough to share, bursts out singing: the one with the whisky voice and the dotty accordeon accompaniment .
Constitution of Massachusetts was to proclaim, suggesting that such delight in life as Adams had found in the amiable outlook of the French had had a decided influence.
Greeting Adams affably, Herschel was delighted to talk of his work, and Adams returned to Grosvenor Square elated.
Jefferson wrote as an elegant stylist performing for a select audience, as Adams fully appreciated, telling him his letters should be published for the delight of future generations.
French Revolution, which Adams read at least twice and with delight, since he disagreed with nearly everything she said.
TO THE GREAT DELIGHT of everyone around him, Adams remained remarkably healthy and good-spirited.
Or how to describe adequately the delight of immersing oneself, as I have tried to do, in the writing of the eighteenth century--to read again after long years, or for the first time, the writers John Adams read and loved--Swift, Pope, Defoe, Addison, Fielding, Richardson, Sterne, Smollett, Johnson, and Voltaire?
He was at first surprised, then delighted, when a tall, skinny agrobiologist named Taylor Hollister became his first and only real friend at the university.
Iranon stayed ever young, and wore wreathes upon his golden head whilst he sang of Aira, delight of the past and hope of the future.
But one thing I am sure of -- that the innocent delight of the poor Indian Alferez Real, mounted upon his horse, dressed in his motley, barefooted, and overshadowed by his gold-laced hat, was as entire as if he had eaten of all the fruits of all the trees of knowledge of his time, and so perhaps the Jesuits were wise.
She would take the pleasure Desborough chose to put her way and when the marriage was annulled, she would take great delight in telling him that she had no intention of becoming his mistress.
She, who was happy and in high spirits, answered in Italian, and delighted them by her intelligence, and the grace which she gave to her mistakes in grammar.
I am not sorry to know that you love one another and that you make each other happy, as this beautiful casino proves to me, she does not regret our love, and she is, on the contrary, delighted to shew us that she approves of it.