The word "delight" is used when someone is made happy by something or someone. In these sentences, "delight" is a verb:

  • The audience was delighted by the performance. (This sentence is in the past tense, passive voice.)
  • The girl’s parents were delighted to learn that her good grades earned her a spot on the school’s honor roll.
  • This music delights everyone who hears it.
  • This product will delight consumers.

You can use this word as a noun:

  • What a delight!
  • The cruise was a delight.
  • It’s such a delight to work with motivated students.
  • The work of Pablo Picasso is a delight to see up close in a museum.

As an adjective, the word "delight" becomes "delightful."

  • This pie is delightful.
  • It was a delightful evening.
  • The performer told the members of the audience that they were absolutely delightful.
  • The laughter of children is a delightful sound.
  • The strawberry and blueberry tart was just delightful.

strawberry and blueberry tart

Note: The word "delight" represents a slightly higher level of diction than is found in regular conversation, but it depends on the person who is speaking. Your teacher, for instance, rarely uses this word; however, you may happen to like using it. You’ll often hear "delight" or "delightful" in TV commercials or internet and radio advertising.

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December 4, 2013