\ 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.

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Now, the deli and restaurant have returned: Revers has enlisted executive chef Jeff Howe from L’Andana and Teatro, as well as general manager Alex Hage from Ostra and L’Andana, to take things over. Kara Baskin,, "All the meat you could eat and much more at the revived Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions," 27 June 2019 Up a short flight of stairs is the bar area, which harkens back to an old grocery deli and comes complete with tabletop shuffleboard., "West Coast Grocery fights to right ship after rough launch: Portland Breweries Series," 7 June 2019 Since taking over the deli, he’s given the restaurant a facelift and updated the menu. Los Angeles Times, "Want Swedish meatballs outside of Ikea? Save this deli.," 23 July 2019 More than 65 firefighters battled a blaze Saturday at a deli and florist shop in extreme heat, according to Anne Arundel Fire Department. Yvonne Wenger,, "Dozens of firefighters battle fire at Serverna Park deli and florist shop in extreme heat," 20 July 2019 Next door, the deli and butcher shop P&P Provisions, part of Pig & Pickle, was also shuttered and had the same notice posted to the door. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "Popular Scottsdale restaurant Pig & Pickle closed suddenly. Here's what we know," 11 July 2019 Cafe Mozart: Tucked into a downtown office building behind a German deli and grocery, Cafe Mozart’s bar feels like a place out of time, thanks to the prints and wooden signs hanging on the walls. Washington Post, "Forget the library: The best place to lose yourself in a book is one of these bars," 8 July 2019 The grocery store later moved to its current location at 1011 E. Brady St., where it's known for its deli, meat department and Italian delicacies. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eddie Glorioso, who founded and worked at Glorioso's Italian Market for over 7 decades, dies at 95," 8 July 2019 The store, located in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood in Southeast Portland, offers six aisles of Eastern European meats, beer, wine, tea, candy, cheese and more, along with a deli, baked goods and a produce section., "Southeast Portland’s new Citymaxx Food Stores scales up traditional Eastern European grocery," 11 June 2019

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circa 1954, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of deli

: a store where you can buy foods (such as meats, cheese, salads, and sandwiches) that are already cooked or prepared


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plural delis

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