- Affording exquisite pleasure; delightful; most sweet or grateful to the senses, especially to the taste; charming."Some delicious landscape." [Coleridge.]"One draught of spring's delicious air." [Keble.]"Were not his words delicious?" [Tennyson.]
- Addicted to pleasure; seeking enjoyment; luxurious; effeminate.(Obs)"Others, lastly, of a more delicious and airy spirit, retire themselves to the enjoyments of ease and luxury." [Milton.]synonyms: Delicious Delightful."Like the rich fruit he sings, delicious in decay." [Smith.]"No spring, nor summer, on the mountain seen, Smiles with gay fruits or with delightful green." [Addison.]
Usage: Delicious refers to the pleasure derived from certain of the senses, particularly the taste and smell; as, delicious food; a delicious fragrance. Delightful may also refer to most of the senses (as, delightful music; a delightful prospect; delightful sensations), but has a higher application to matters of taste, feeling, and sentiment; as, a delightful abode, conversation, employment; delightful scenes, etc.
Etymology: OF. delicieus, F. délicieux, L. deliciosus, fr. deliciae delight, fr. delicere to allure. See Delight