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Alternative forms[edit]


From the once-attested dēliciō, from dē- +‎ laciō (I snare, entice), the base verb of dēlectō.



dēliciae f pl (genitive dēliciārum); first declension

  1. delight, pleasure (an activity which affords enjoyment)
    dēliciās facere
    to enjoy oneslef, to have fun (also in erotic sense)
  2. luxuries, toys (things serving to please)
    1. decorations, delicacies, erotic verse
    2. charms (pleasing physical attributes)
  3. darling, sweetheart, favourite, pet
    in dēliciīs habēre
    to treat as a pet, favourite; to cherish
    in dēliciīs esse
    to be a pet, favourite; to be cherished
    1. (specifically of animals) pet, housepet
  4. comforts, luxuries (conditions affording physical or mental ease)
  5. elegant, affected manners; airs
    1. mannerisms, whims, niceties
  6. gourmet, voluptuary

Usage notes[edit]

Used almost exclusively in the plural.


First-declension noun, plural only.

Case Plural
Nominative dēliciae
Genitive dēliciārum
Dative dēliciīs
Accusative dēliciās
Ablative dēliciīs
Vocative dēliciae

Derived terms[edit]


  • Catalan: delícia
  • Italian: delizia
  • Portuguese: delícia
  • Spanish: delicia


Further reading[edit]

  • deliciae in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • deliciae in Charlton T. Lewis, An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891
  • deliciae in Gaffiot, Félix, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, 1934
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden, Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co., 1894
    • somebody's darling: mel ac deliciae alicuius (Fam. 8. 8. 1)
    • somebody's darling: amores et deliciae alicuius