Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: delirare 'to leave a straight line, be mad', from lira 'line cut in the ground'

delirium

noun
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
de‧lir‧i‧um
1 [uncountable]MI a state in which someone is delirious, especially because they are very ill:
Before she died she had fits of delirium.
2 [singular,uncountable] extreme excitement

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary