• Joy; pleasure.
  • Something that gives great joy or pleasure.



  • From Middle English delite, from Old French deleiter, deliter, from Latin delectare ("to delight, please"), frequentative of delicere. Related with delectation and delicate. The modern unetymological spelling (instead of expected delite) is influenced by light and other words in -ight, such as might, bright, etc. The -gh- may also be an attempt to represent the Latin -c-; compare obsolete indight for indict.

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