plural noun
del·​i·​ca·​tes·​sen | \ ˌde-li-kə-ˈte-sᵊn How to pronounce delicatessen (audio) \

Definition of delicatessen

1 : ready-to-eat food products (such as cooked meats and prepared salads)
2 singular, plural delicatessens [delicatessen (store)] : a store where delicatessen are sold

Examples of delicatessen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So was the ready wit that had flickered back after getting clean, living in a sober house near Baron and working in a delicatessen. Kevin Fagan,, "A brother’s heartbreak: Finding — and losing — a homeless addict on SF’s streets," 22 Sep. 2019 At the back of the store, a blue tarp concealed the delicatessen and the seafood department, closed in stop-orders issued by state inspectors. Doreen Christensen,, "Penn Dutch shoppers flock to store’s final sale despite listeria worries," 18 Sep. 2019 Having grown up in an insular Jewish family of parents who operated a small delicatessen in suburban New York, he was discovered at Harvard by Prof. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Leslie H. Gelb, 82, Former Diplomat and New York Times Journalist, Dies," 31 Aug. 2019 Both owned by Ed Gavrila, Shaun Leva and Michael Saghian, the traditional New York-style delicatessen and the bagel bakery are set to open at 5422 Bellaire Blvd. in fall 2020, according to a Thursday release. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "New York Deli & Coffee Shop to open new location in Bellaire," 7 Nov. 2019 The Purdue study tested 30 delicatessens in national supermarket chains in three states. Ron Hurtibise,, "Penn Dutch-type germs are common in supermarkets, but the state rarely tests for them," 4 Oct. 2019 But with a cataloging of his business interests—a delicatessen, fox farm, slaughterhouse, and meat-processing plant—his fate seems all but sealed. Rachel Riederer, The New Republic, "Olga Tokarczuk’s Gripping Eco-Mystery," 10 Oct. 2019 But the closing of the Margate location — a sudden decision after a Sept. 9 Florida Department of Agriculture food safety report found traces of the dangerous bacteria in the seafood department and delicatessen — was. Doreen Christensen,, "Penn Dutch shoppers flock to store’s final sale despite listeria worries," 18 Sep. 2019 Megan Hampton worked on the delicatessen’s business operations for 12 years alongside her husband, the Courier reported. Daily Pilot, "Laguna Beach man is charged with murder in death of his ‘devoted’ mother," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of delicatessen

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for delicatessen

obsolete German (now Delikatessen), plural of Delicatesse delicacy, from French délicatesse, probably from Old Italian delicatezza, from delicato delicate, from Latin delicatus

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The first known use of delicatessen was in 1885

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7 Jan 2020

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“Delicatessen.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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del·​i·​ca·​tes·​sen | \ ˌde-li-kə-ˈte-sᵊn How to pronounce delicatessen (audio) \

Kids Definition of delicatessen

: a store where prepared foods (as salads and meats) are sold

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