\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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There's also a deli section, and pizza is served at lunch and dinner. Marjie Lambert,, "Viking joins Miami's fleet of ocean-going cruise ships," 20 Feb. 2018 Every store offers an in-house butcher, fresh and prepared deli items ideal for a grab-and-go meal, a bakery, and a selection of craft beer and wine. Lauren Delgado,, "Sprouts Farmers Market sets opening date for Winter Park store," 11 July 2018 Tucked among surf shops and delis on the seaside hamlet’s Main Street, the shop marks the second brick-and-mortar location for the beauty retailer. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Naomi Watts and Uma Thurman Attend the Opening of Onda Beauty’s Hamptons Haven," 25 June 2018 The 98-year-old Italian deli and grocer A.G. Ferrari abruptly closed all of its locations last year, the notable Mission Street space among them. Justin Phillips,, "Pizzeria Delfina plots SoMa outpost," 10 July 2018 Yes, this place is so popular that there’s an amusement-park style turnstile in front of the deli counter. Kara Baskin,, "How to eat like a local in the North End," 3 July 2018 The other three stops on this tour include an Ethiopian restaurant, a traditional Italian deli and a teahouse run by a fifth-generation herbalist. Roxana A. Soto, USA TODAY, "Sample regional flavors with culinary experts," 30 June 2018 Demi Moore's Stunt Otisha Woolbright heaved 50-pound trays of chickens into industrial ovens every day at her job in the deli and bakery of a Walmart in Jacksonville, Florida. Anchorage Daily News, "Pregnancy discrimination is rampant inside America’s biggest companies," 16 June 2018 Also, the apartment was above a deli and didn’t feel homey. Joyce Cohen, New York Times, "Living Way Off Campus, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn," 18 Jan. 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


\ˈde-lē \
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