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Either of two varieties of apple, the Golden Delicious or the Red Delicious.


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

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Late Latin dēliciōsus, pleasing, from Latin dēlicia, pleasure : dē-, intensive pref.; see de- + lacere, to entice.]

de·li′cious·ly adv.
de·li′cious·ness n.
Synonyms: delicious, delectable, luscious, scrumptious, toothsome, yummy
These adjectives mean very pleasing to the sense of taste: a delicious pâté; delectable raspberries; luscious chocolate bonbons; a scrumptious peach; a toothsome apple; yummy fudge.


1. very appealing to the senses, esp to the taste or smell
2. extremely enjoyable or entertaining: a delicious joke.
[C13: from Old French, from Late Latin dēliciōsus, from Latin dēliciae delights, charms, from dēlicere to entice; see delight]
deˈliciously adv
deˈliciousness n


(dɪˈlɪʃ əs)

1. highly pleasing to the senses, esp. taste or smell.
2. very pleasing; delightful.
3. (cap.) a red or yellow variety of apple.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin dēliciōsus= Latin dēlici(a) delight]
de•li′cious•ly, adv.
de•li′cious•ness, n.


1. 'tasteful'

Something that is tasteful is attractive and elegant. You can use tasteful to talk about things such as furniture, ornaments, and clothes.

The bedroom was simple but tasteful.
He always sent the most tasteful Christmas cards.
2. 'tasty'

Food that is tasty has a pleasant flavour.

Try this tasty dish for supper with a crispy salad.
The seeds, when toasted, are tasty and nutritious.
3. 'delicious'

Note that you do not usually describe sweet foods as 'tasty'. Instead, you can say that they are delicious.

Martha makes the most delicious chocolate pudding.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Delicious - variety of sweet eating apples
dessert apple, eating apple - an apple used primarily for eating raw without cooking
Golden Delicious, Yellow Delicious - a sweet eating apple with yellow skin
Red Delicious - a sweet eating apple with bright red skin; most widely grown apple worldwide
Adj.1.delicious - greatly pleasing or entertaining; "a delightful surprise"; "the comedy was delightful"; "a delicious joke"
pleasing - giving pleasure and satisfaction; "a pleasing piece of news"; "pleasing in manner and appearance"
2.delicious - extremely pleasing to the sense of tastedelicious - extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
tasty - pleasing to the sense of taste; "a tasty morsel"


1. delectable, tasty, luscious, choice, savoury, palatable, dainty, mouthwatering, yummy (slang), scrumptious (informal), appetizing, toothsome, ambrosial, lekker (S. African slang), nectareous a wide selection of delicious meals to choose from
delectable unpleasant, distasteful, disagreeable


1. Highly pleasing, especially to the sense of taste:
Slang: yummy.
2. Giving great pleasure or delight:
Informal: darling.
شَهِيّلَذيذ، شَهِي


[dɪˈlɪʃəs] ADJ [food, taste, smell] → delicioso, exquisito, riquísimo; [sensation] → delicioso


[dɪˈlɪʃəs] adj
[food, taste] → délicieux/euse, exquis(e)
(= delightful) [feeling] → délicieux/euse
a delicious irony → une ironie délicieuse


food etcköstlich, lecker (inf)
(= delightful)herrlich; in delicious anticipationvoll herrlicher Vorfreude


[dɪˈlɪʃəs] adjdelizioso/a, squisito/a


(diˈliʃəs) adjective
highly pleasing to the taste. a delicious meal.
deˈliciously adverb
deˈliciousness noun


شَهِيّ lahodný lækker köstlich πεντανόστιμος delicioso herkullinen délicieux slastan delizioso 美味しい 맛있는 lekker lekker wyborny delicioso восхитительный utsökt อร่อย lezzetli ngon 好吃的


a. delicioso-a; exquisito-a.
References in classic literature ?
His hair is auburn, not red, and he was very polite, and I had a delicious redowa with him.
Before the blade got fairly into them, they split of their own ripeness, with a delicious sound.
It was filled with friandises, with luscious and toothsome bits--the finest of fruits, pates, a rare bottle or two, delicious syrups, and bonbons in abundance.
The representative of the bear had certainly been an entire stranger to the delicious emotions of the lover while his arms encircled his mistress; and he was, perhaps, a stranger also to the nature of that feeling of ingenuous shame that oppressed the trembling Alice.
A new and delicious sense of an infinite hospitality and friendliness in their silent presence began to possess her.
On this very site, beside a spring of delicious water, his grandfather had felled the pine-trees and built a cottage, in which children had been born to him; and it was only from a dead man's stiffened fingers that Colonel Pyncheon had wrested away the title-deeds.
Then she was sure of her, and tasted hours of quiet, sad, delicious happiness; until -- perhaps with that perverse expression glimmering from beneath her opening lids -- little Pearl awoke!
Only one sweeter end can readily be recalled --the delicious death of an Ohio honey-hunter, who seeking honey in the crotch of a hollow tree, found such exceeding store of it, that leaning too far over, it sucked him in, so that he died embalmed.
Little Sebastijonas, aged three, had been wandering about oblivious to all things, holding turned up over his mouth a bottle of liquid known as "pop," pink-colored, ice-cold, and delicious.
She opened her eyes in a state of dreamy, delicious languor, such as one who has long been bearing a heavy load, and now feels it gone, and would rest.
The African hunter Cumming tells us that the skin of the eland, as well as that of most other antelopes just killed, emits the most delicious perfume of trees and grass.
There was something very delicious about his leaving Boston to her "narrowness," unreproved and uninstructed.