\ˈde-lē \
plural delis

Definition of deli 

Examples of deli in a Sentence

We bought sandwiches and drinks at the deli.

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Local store Maggy Marketplace had been selling T-shirts, hoodies and mugs promoting the show, said Bryant Lewis, who works as a meat grinder and slicer at a deli inside the market. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Ben Stiller Goes Behind Bars for Showtime Series," 14 Nov. 2018 One person’s food-purchase history couldn’t be determined, while another infected person was an employee at that deli. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Salmonella that’s sickened 7 people traced to Issaquah Costco, King County says," 27 Sep. 2018 Early tests of certain deli items made with celery juice powder yielded meat with a spongy texture. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Anyone for Diglycerides? Anyone? Food Scientists Are Getting Fed Up With Picky Eaters," 12 Oct. 2018 Still, there is no evidence to suggest that tapeworms are hanging out in every other deli or restaurant, by any means. Maria Masters,, "Every Question You Were Afraid to Ask About Tapeworms, Answered," 24 May 2018 Heloise The former site of Bill's Automotive, at the corner of Buckingham and Hudson streets is being cleared to make way for an unusual, $4 million mixed-use development of eight apartments, a gas station/convenience store and a deli. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Convenience gets healthier?," 6 June 2018 The hotel is located three doors down from The Mercantile, their restaurant, bakery, general store and deli. Madison Roberts,, "Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond Gets Sentimental Over Her 'Tiny Cowgirl' Daughter's Graduation," 21 May 2018 Kristina Morris of Charlotte was in line behind me at the deli counter, waiting to pick up two sandwiches. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Have you tried the Whole Foods sandwich that went viral? It’s back in stock now," 13 Feb. 2018 From Aetna to the Bloomfield B.O.E. to even the dentist office and deli counter at her local grocery store, Sharon made friends and left an impression with her wickedly quick wit and loud, joyfully infectious laugh. Sharon Carter,, "Sharon Carter," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of deli

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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