del·i·ca·cy noun \ˈde-li-kə-sē\
a : the quality or state of being luxurious
b : indulgence
: something pleasing to eat that is considered rare or luxurious <considered caviar a delicacy>
a : the quality or state of being dainty : fineness <lace of great delicacy>
b : frailty 1 <the delicacy of his health>
: fineness or subtle expressiveness of touch (as in painting or music)
a : precise and refined perception and discrimination
b : extreme sensitivity : precision <an electronic instrument of great delicacy>
a : refined sensibility in feeling or conduct
b : the quality or state of being squeamish
: the quality or state of requiring delicate handling
Examples of DELICACY
- The restaurant serves delicious sausages and other regional delicacies.
- the delicacy of the glassware
- The curtains were made from fine lace of great delicacy.
- a musician known for the delicacy of her compositions
- the delicacy of the young boy's features
- the delicacy of the perfume
- the delicacy of the wine's flavor
- Because of the delicacy of the situation, we needed to speak privately.
First Known Use of DELICACY
Related to DELICACY
- bit, cate [archaic], dainty, delectable, goody (or goodie), kickshaw, tidbit (also titbit), treat, viand
- coarseness, crudeness, crudity, roughness, rudeness
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