delicatessen

plural noun del·i·ca·tes·sen \ ˌde-li-kə-ˈte-sᵊn \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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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delicatessen

noun del·i·ca·tes·sen \ ˌde-li-kə-ˈte-sᵊn \

Definition of delicatessen for Students

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

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