Meaning of “delectation” in the English Dictionary

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delectationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌdiː.lekˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌdiː.lekˈteɪ.ʃən/ formal

Examples from literature

  • As the big seaman deftly worked with iron hook and right hand, he spun yarns for the delectation of his mates. 
  • As we have seen, the quartet, in the time of which we write, was universally in use at informal gatherings for the delectation of friends in the privacy of the home, and was not intended for concert use. 
  • He lives by choice in the wildest country, like his skin-clad ancestors, demanding only that there be game and foxes and fish for his delectation. 
  • She came home to me, however, about an hour and a half after we were home, to my great delectation. 
  • They write one set of memoirs for the public, and another set for their own delectation. 

(Definition of “delectation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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