plural delis
: 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 To be fair, that’s hard to do when there’s no soap at the handwash sink in the deli area and the front service line. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 18 Feb. 2024 Outside of the deli, Leventhal had a lifelong interest in Japanese culture and martial arts. Jared Kaufman, Twin Cities, 12 Feb. 2024 The deli’s meaty Chris Combo sandwich has been a longtime favorite of 49ers players. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024 Some were also sold at retail deli counters nationwide. Daphne Lee, Verywell Health, 8 Feb. 2024 But an acquisition by Bread Los Angeles is ensuring that Diamond’s baked goods still will be available at local delis such as Nate ’n Al’s. Kevinisha Walker, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2024 Customers can walk inside the deli or use a drive through. Pamela McLoughlin, Hartford Courant, 11 Jan. 2024 Nearly everything the couple need is at their fingertips: groceries, a bakery, hairdresser, library, bank, deli, and restaurants. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024 The deli is located off of West Morehead Street, just a couple minutes from uptown. Clayton Hanson, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deli was in 1948

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“Deli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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