noun \ˈdān-tē\
plural dain·ties

Definition of DAINTY

a :  something delicious to the taste
b :  something choice or pleasing
obsolete :  fastidiousness

Examples of DAINTY

  1. <the widow plied her suitor with dainties and endless glasses of sherry>

Origin of DAINTY

Middle English deinte high esteem, delight, from Anglo-French deinté, from Latin dignitat-, dignitas dignity, worth
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to DAINTY



: small and pretty

: done with small and careful movements

of food : attractive and served in small amounts


Full Definition of DAINTY

a :  tasting good :  tasty
b :  attractively prepared and served
:  marked by delicate or diminutive beauty, form, or grace <dainty teacups>
obsolete :  chary, reluctant
a :  marked by fastidious discrimination or finicky taste
b :  showing avoidance of anything rough
dain·ti·ly \ˈdān-tə-lē\ adverb
dain·ti·ness \ˈdān-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of DAINTY

  1. Her hair was decorated with dainty pink flowers.
  2. the girl's dainty little hands
  3. The dancers' dainty steps were followed by a series of leaps.
  4. She took a dainty sip of tea from her teacup.
  5. They served dainty sandwiches on silver trays.
  6. The food was served in dainty portions.

First Known Use of DAINTY

14th century


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