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delicious (dɪˈlɪʃəs



  1. very appealing to the senses, esp to the taste or smell
  2. extremely enjoyable or entertaining   ⇒  ■ a delicious joke

Derived Forms

deˈliciously  adverb
deˈliciousness  noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French, from Late Latin dēliciōsus, from Latin dēliciae delights, charms, from dēlicere to entice; see delight


View thesaurus entry
= delectable, tasty, luscious, choice, savoury, palatable, dainty, mouthwatering, yummy (slang), scrumptious (informal), appetizing, toothsome, ambrosial, lekker (South Africa) (slang), nectareous, yummo (Australian) (slang)

Translations for 'delicious'

  • British English: delicious Delicious food or drink has an extremely pleasant taste.There was a wide choice of delicious meals.dɪˈlɪʃəs ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: شَهِيّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: delicioso deliciosa
  • Chinese: 好吃的
  • Croatian: slastan slasna, slasno
  • Czech: lahodný
  • Danish: lækker
  • Dutch: lekker
  • European Spanish: delicioso deliciosa
  • Finnish: herkullinen
  • French: délicieux
  • German: köstlich
  • Greek: πεντανόστιμος πεντανόστιμη
  • Italian: delizioso deliziosa
  • Japanese: 美味しい
  • Korean: 맛있는
  • Norwegian: lekker
  • Polish: wyborny wyborna
  • Portuguese: delicioso deliciosa
  • Romanian: delicios delicios, delicioasă, delicioși, delicioase
  • Russian: восхитительный восхитительная
  • Spanish: delicioso deliciosa
  • Swedish: utsökt
  • Thai: อร่อย
  • Turkish: lezzetli
  • Ukrainian: смачний
  • Vietnamese: ngon

Example Sentences Including 'delicious'

She asked Alma to supper, a delicious supper in the creamy comfort of her new house in Hampstead.
Gee, Maggie Lost Children
The apricot Danish, my absolute favourite, looked delicious.
Anita Anderson SOMEBODY (2002)
Delia bit into the sandwich, chewed on it, said,'This is delicious.
Jon Cleary YESTERDAY'S SHADOW (2002)


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