Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Greatly pleasing; delightful.
  • adj. Greatly pleasing to the taste; delicious. See Synonyms at delicious.
  • n. Something delightful or delicious: a feast of home-cooked delectables.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pleasing to the taste; delicious.
  • n. Something fitting the above description.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Highly pleasing; delightful.
  • adj. extremely pleasing to the sense of taste; same as luscious, 1.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Delightful, especially to any of the senses; highly pleasing; charming; affording great enjoyment or pleasure: as, “delectable bowers,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
  • adj. capable of arousing desire

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dēlectābilis, from dēlectāre, to please; see delight.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin delectare ("to delight"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Swift half visions of her loveliness – of certain delectable details of her face or figure flitted always before him.

    The Miller of Old Church

  • Well may that land be called delectable and a fructuous land, that was be-bled and moisted with the precious blood of our

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • At any rate it pleased us to recall the delectable lines:

    Without Prejudice

  • I'm torn between trying to do an Iain Dale style "locked in contemplation" pic or a Kerron Cross style "delectable" pic.

    The Webb Log - Looks Familiar

  • She did not know what "delectable" meant, but it sounded good; and mountains, though she had never seen more of them than a far blue line, had always pleased her fancy.

    The Path of the King

  • It was a "delectable" country -- yes, that was the meaning of the word that had puzzled her ....

    The Path of the King

  • Thus Carey sought to turn to Christ the twelve millions of Hindoos who, from Western India above and below the great coast-range known as the Sahyadri or "delectable" mountains, had nearly wrested the whole peninsula from the Mohammedans, and had almost anticipated the life-giving rule of the British, first at Panipat and then as Assye.

    Life of William Carey

  • These simple-to-prepare recipes for the kind of delectable dishes people crave but feel they can't eat when trying to be healthy and trim, actually can be the basis of a personal weight-loss plan.

    WN.com - Articles related to 6 bad eating habits your mother taught you

  • These simple-to-prepare recipes for the kind of delectable dishes people crave but feel they can't eat when trying to be healthy and trim, actually can be the basis of

    WN.com - Articles related to 6 bad eating habits your mother taught you

  • The Middle East is renowned for delectable treats such as clove-studded and honey-drenched baklava, or crunchier, sesame seed–packed barazek.

    The English Is Coming!

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