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dainty

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noun dain·ty \ˈdān-tē\

Definition of dainty

plural

dainties

  1. 1a :  something delicious to the taste a London dainty—a pyramid of jelly — Virginia Woolfb :  something choice or pleasing

  2. 2 obsolete :  fastidiousness

Examples of dainty in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of dainty

Middle English deinte high esteem, delight, from Anglo-French deinté, from Latin dignitat-, dignitas dignity, worth


First Known Use: 14th century


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dainty

adjective dain·ty

Definition of dainty

daintier

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daintiest

  1. 1a :  tasting good :  tasty dainty morselsb :  attractively prepared and served dainty sandwiches on silver trays

  2. 2 :  marked by delicate or diminutive beauty, form, or grace dainty teacups took a dainty sip

  3. 3 obsolete :  chary, reluctant … let us not be dainty of leave-taking … — Shakespeare

  4. 4a :  marked by fastidious discrimination or finicky tasteb :  showing avoidance of anything rough gentry too dainty to risk blisters on their hands — G. W. Johnson

daintily

play \ˈdān-tə-lē\ adverb

daintiness

play \ˈdān-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of dainty in a Sentence

  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.

Origin and Etymology of dainty

see 1dainty


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of dainty

choice, exquisite, elegant, rare, delicate, dainty mean having qualities that appeal to a cultivated taste. choice stresses preeminence in quality or kind. choice fabric exquisite implies a perfection in workmanship or design that appeals only to very sensitive taste. an exquisite gold bracelet elegant applies to what is rich and luxurious but restrained by good taste. a sumptuous but elegant dining room rare suggests an uncommon excellence. rare beauty delicate implies exquisiteness, subtlety, and fragility. delicate craftsmanship dainty sometimes carries an additional suggestion of smallness and of appeal to the eye or palate. dainty sandwiches

DAINTY Defined for English Language Learners

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dainty

adjective dain·ty

Definition of dainty for English Language Learners

  • : small and pretty

  • : done with small and careful movements

  • of food : attractive and served in small amounts


DAINTY Defined for Kids

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dainty

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noun dain·ty \ˈdān-tē\

Definition of dainty for Students

plural

dainties

  1. :  a delicious food :  delicacy


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dainty

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adjective dain·ty

Definition of dainty for Students

daintier

;

daintiest

  1. 1 :  tasting good

  2. 2 :  pretty in a delicate way dainty flowers

  3. 3 :  having or showing delicate or finicky taste He is a dainty eater.

daintily

\ˈdān-tə-lē\ adverb


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