1. Greatly pleasing to the taste; delicious. See Synonyms at delicious.
2. Greatly pleasing; delightful: found her anecdotes delectable.
3. Sexually attractive or alluring.
Something delightful or delicious: a feast of home-cooked delectables.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dēlectābilis, from dēlectāre, to please; see DELIGHT.]
de·lec′ta·bili·ty, de·lecta·ble·ness n.
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