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delectable

[dih-lek-tuh-buh l] /dɪˈlɛk tə bəl/
adjective
1.
delightful; highly pleasing; enjoyable:
a delectable witticism.
2.
delicious:
a delectable dinner.
noun
3.
an especially appealing or appetizing food or dish:
a buffet table spread with delectables.
Origin of delectable
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin dēlectābilis delightful, equivalent to dēlectā(re) to delight (frequentative of dēlicere to entice) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
delectableness, delectability, noun
delectably, adverb
undelectable, adjective
undelectably, adverb
Synonyms
1. pleasurable, gratifying, agreeable; amusing, entertaining.
Antonyms
1, 2. disagreeable, distasteful.
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  • It was the most delectable of all the finny genus, superior even to the pompano.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • We'll see dear, delectable Greycroft and have our picnic in the barn?

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • Universal assent to this delectable drink; as all know just the thing for a night-cap.

  • This delectable dream, with infinite variations, carried Roger home.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • At least, it is more familiarly known by all who visit that delectable land, and perhaps rightly so.

British Dictionary definitions for delectable

delectable

/dɪˈlɛktəbəl/
adjective
1.
highly enjoyable, esp pleasing to the taste; delightful
Derived Forms
delectableness, delectability, noun
delectably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dēlectābilis, from dēlectāre to delight
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Word Origin and History for delectable
adj.

late 14c., from Old French delectable, from Latin delectabilis "delightful," from delectare (see delight (n.)). Related: Delectably.

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