Definitions

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

  • adj. Highly pleasing or agreeable to the senses, especially of taste or smell.
  • adj. Very pleasant; delightful: a delicious revenge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pleasing to taste; tasty.
  • adj. Metaphorically pleasing to taste; pleasing to the eyes or mind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Affording exquisite pleasure; delightful; most sweet or grateful to the senses, especially to the taste; charming.
  • adj. Addicted to pleasure; seeking enjoyment; luxurious; effeminate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pleasing in the highest degree; most sweet or grateful to the senses; affording exquisite pleasure: as, a delicious viand; a delicious odor; delicious fruit or wine.
  • Most pleasing to the mind; yielding exquisite delight; delightful.
  • Delicate; luxurious; dainty; addicted to or seeking pleasure.
  • Synonyms Delicious, Delightful, luscious, savory. Delicious is highly agreeable to some sense, generally that of taste, sometimes that of smell or of hearing. Delightful is highly agreeable to the mind; it is always supersensuous, except perhaps as sight or hearing is sometimes the immediate means to high mental pleasure. Delicious food, odors, music; delightful thoughts, hopes, anticipations, news.

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

  • adj. extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
  • n. variety of sweet eating apples
  • adj. greatly pleasing or entertaining

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin dēliciōsus, pleasing, from Latin dēlicia, pleasure : dē-, intensive pref.; see de- + lacere, to entice.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English delicious, from Anglo-Norman delicious from Old French delicious, delicieus, from Late Latin dēliciōsus "delicate, delicious" from dēliciae "delights", plural of dēlicia "pleasure" from dēlicēre "to allure, entice," from de- "away" + lacēre "to lure, deceive". Displaced native Middle English este ("delicious, favorable") (from Old English ēste ("delicious, dainty, luxurious, delicate")), Middle English wunlic, wunli ("delicious, joyous") (from Old English wynlīċ ("pleasant, beatiful, joyful")), Old English ēstelīc ("delicious, delicate, dainty"). (Wiktionary)

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  • I lifted my face to the rain. The night air was delicious with the smell of damp woodland, streaked with the odors of wet tarmac, cordite, diesel and the seductive whiff of the motorcycle leathers. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 27, 2012

  • YES! Ideas CAN be delicious. See my list "Picture THIS on your marquee" for examples.

    December 20, 2007

  • Penny Arcade (7/12/06):

    "What does it mean to be delicious? Can something untasteable posess some flavor that is metatastual? Could, then, an idea be delicious?"

    December 6, 2007