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[dih-lek-tuh-buh l] /dɪˈlɛk tə bəl/
delightful; highly pleasing; enjoyable:
a delectable witticism.
a delectable dinner.
an especially appealing or appetizing food or dish:
a buffet table spread with delectables.
Origin of delectable
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
1. pleasurable, gratifying, agreeable; amusing, entertaining.
1, 2. disagreeable, distasteful. Unabridged
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  • It worked much better after I got surround sound, it was simply delectable.
  • Karan tribesmen hunt a delectable dish.
  • Chances are you'd be dying to know about that delectable tidbit of gossip offered by a confidant.
  • But the exhibition is more than a delectable tour of extravagant garments.
  • One of the easiest and most delectable ways to appreciate mace is in a cobbler ― apricot or peach.
  • His mind was like a bottle, extended with the delectable liquor of observation.
  • One of the best occurred several weeks ago when a hotel telephone operator made a delectable little goof that has me grinning yet.
  • As with any picnic, delectable nibbles are central.
  • On my way back to the boat, I stumbled upon the most delectable pastries in a local bakery.
  • Just as delectable was chunky crab-studded crab cake teamed with thick strips of luscious celery root, salsify and parsnip.
British Dictionary definitions for delectable


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

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

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