An unetymological spelling, in imitation of words like light, might, etc.; the analogical modern spelling would be delite; from Middle English deliten, from Old French deleiter, deliter, from Latin delectare (to delight, please), frequentative of delicere (to allure); see delectation and delicate.



delight (plural delights)

  1. Joy; pleasure.
    • Bible, Proverbs xviii. 2
      A fool hath no delight in understanding.
    • Shakespeare
      Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
    • 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52:
      From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.
  2. Something that gives great joy or pleasure.
    • Milton:
      Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new delight.
    • Greensleeves:
      Greensleeves was all my joy / Greensleeves was my delight, []


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delight (third-person singular simple present delights, present participle delighting, simple past and past participle delighted)

  1. To give delight to; to affect with great pleasure; to please highly.
    • Tennyson
      Delight our souls with talk of knightly deeds.
    A beautiful landscape delights the eye.
  2. (intransitive) To have or take great pleasure

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