\ ˈde-lē How to pronounce deli (audio) \
plural delis

Definition of deli

: a store where ready-to-eat food products (such as cooked meats and prepared salads) are sold : delicatessen You shuffle off to the deli and pick up a pastrami-on-rye and an egg cream. The bald man behind the counter whistles cheerfully as he slices the meat.— Jay McInerney Sixth Avenue in midtown was once lined with convenient, low-priced delis, cafeterias, coffee shops, and the like.— Brendan Gill also : the food sold at a delicatessen If you're hungry for deli in Miami, only the Rascal House will do. — Norman Kolpas … a neat, orderly, well-lighted place so clean you could eat deli off the floor … — Jack Fincher often used before another noun deli meats/platters waiting in line at the deli counter

Examples of deli in a Sentence

We bought sandwiches and drinks at the deli.
Recent Examples on the Web Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Fans of Saul’s Restaurant and Delicatessen, Berkeley’s beloved 36-year-old Jewish deli, can finally stop dining in fear. Mario Cortez, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Aug. 2022 Streeter had just exited a deli in East Harlem with another teenager when he was fatally shot in the head just before 4:30 p.m. last Tuesday, police said at a news conference following the incident. Chantal Da Silva, NBC News, 26 July 2022 Channel a deli favorite with my Everything Tomato Tart, which features the spice blend in the crust and topping, plus a no-cook cream cheese filling. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 18 July 2022 The store also features a hot deli, serving healthy versions of soul food. La Risa R. Lynch, Journal Sentinel, 15 July 2022 Jose Alba, a 51-year-old with no prior criminal history, is unable to post $250,000 bail stemming from the July 1 incident involving Austin Simon, 34, inside a Manhattan deli, according to the New York Post. Greg Norman, Fox News, 7 July 2022 The kiosk will offer a cold deli and regular sides, but, will only serve one entrée a day. cleveland, 29 June 2022 The International Goat is a gourmet deli housed in the Fairhope Piggly Wiggly. Michelle Matthews |, al, 29 June 2022 The meals are served in carry-out containers, like a deli, but customers can stick around at the tables or the counter stools. Globe Staff,, 11 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of deli

1948, in the meaning defined above

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14 Aug 2022

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“Deli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈde-lē How to pronounce deli (audio) \
plural delis

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