Definition of delicacy
1 obsolete a : the quality or state of being luxuriousb : indulgence
2 : something pleasing to eat that is considered rare or luxurious <considered caviar a delicacy>
4 : fineness or subtle expressiveness of touch (as in painting or music)
5a : precise and refined perception and discrimination <the delicacy of his taste in art>b : extreme sensitivity : precision <an electronic instrument of great delicacy>
6a : refined sensibility in feeling or conduct <handled the difficult situation with delicacy>b : the quality or state of being squeamish <Hunger knows no delicacy.>
7 : the quality or state of requiring delicate (see 1delicate 4b) handling <the delicacy of the tense negotiations>
Examples of delicacy in a sentence
The restaurant serves delicious sausages and other regional delicacies.
the delicacy of the glassware
The curtains were made from fine lace of great delicacy.
a musician known for the delicacy of her compositions
the delicacy of the young boy's features
the delicacy of the perfume
the delicacy of the wine's flavor
Because of the delicacy of the situation, we needed to speak privately.
Origin and Etymology of delicacy
First Known Use: 14th century
DELICACY Defined for Kids
Definition of delicacy for Students
1 : something pleasing to eat that is rare or a luxury
2 : fineness of structure <She wore lace of great delicacy.>
3 : weakness of body : frailty
4 : a need for careful treatment <This is a situation of great delicacy.>
5 : consideration for the feelings of others <She had the delicacy to ignore my blunder.>
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