delicacy

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noun del·i·ca·cy \ˈde-li-kə-sē\

Definition of delicacy

plural

delicacies

  1. 1 obsolete a :  the quality or state of being luxuriousb :  indulgence

  2. 2 :  something pleasing to eat that is considered rare or luxurious considered caviar a delicacy

  3. 3a :  the quality or state of being dainty (see 2dainty 2) :  fineness lace of great delicacy the delicacy of a spider webb :  frailty 1 the delicacy of his health

  4. 4 :  fineness or subtle expressiveness of touch (as in painting or music)

  5. 5a :  precise and refined perception and discrimination the delicacy of his taste in artb :  extreme sensitivity :  precision an electronic instrument of great delicacy

  6. 6a :  refined sensibility in feeling or conduct handled the difficult situation with delicacyb :  the quality or state of being squeamish Hunger knows no delicacy.

  7. 7 :  the quality or state of requiring delicate (see 1delicate 4b) handling the delicacy of the tense negotiations

Examples of delicacy in a sentence

  1. The restaurant serves delicious sausages and other regional delicacies.

  2. the delicacy of the glassware

  3. The curtains were made from fine lace of great delicacy.

  4. a musician known for the delicacy of her compositions

  5. the delicacy of the young boy's features

  6. the delicacy of the perfume

  7. the delicacy of the wine's flavor

  8. Because of the delicacy of the situation, we needed to speak privately.

Origin and Etymology of delicacy

see 1delicate


First Known Use: 14th century


DELICACY Defined for Kids

delicacy

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noun del·i·ca·cy \ˈde-li-kə-sē\

Definition of delicacy for Students

plural

delicacies

  1. 1 :  something pleasing to eat that is rare or a luxury

  2. 2 :  fineness of structure She wore lace of great delicacy.

  3. 3 :  weakness of body :  frailty

  4. 4 :  a need for careful treatment This is a situation of great delicacy.

  5. 5 :  consideration for the feelings of others She had the delicacy to ignore my blunder.



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