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

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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How Sun King created a food hall: The brewery says good-bye to its Hot Pockets days Eat these sandwiches Oca leans more delicatessen and market than its original location at Sun King Brewery near Downtown Indianapolis. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Sun King Distillery in Carmel: What to know before you go," 3 July 2018 On the other hand, there’s a stretch in Venice on Third Avenue between Rose and Sunset where a Bird rider en route to Gjusta, a fancy bakery and delicatessen, had better ride down the very crown of the street. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "Fly On, My Sleek Electric Bird," 30 May 2018 His creamy, deliciously reductive paintings of cakes, ice cream cones, gumball machines and trays of delicatessen food are beyond the negative reach of most critics. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Wayne Thiebaud, Draftsman’ Review: Whipping Up Sincere Confections," 23 May 2018 Liz Johnson, the chef at the new Echo Park delicatessen Freedman's, has put in time at Noma, the Michelin two-starred L'Effervescence in Tokyo, and the tiny New York brasserie Mimi. Jonathan Gold,, "Jonathan Gold beholds the brisket spectacle at Freedman's, a Jewish-ish deli in Echo Park," 18 May 2018 On the merchandise and physical store side, during the quarter, Walmart expanded its delicatessen offering and changed the layout in its bakery. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Walmart U.S. Sales Beat Forecasts as E-Commerce Sales Get Back on Track," 17 May 2018 Police caught up with him and spoke to him at a local delicatessen. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Drunk driver blames two imaginary gunmen for making him drive into house: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 28 Apr. 2018 In 1939, a two-bedroom apartment rented for $47.50 a month, while down below, Abe Hofberg operated a Jewish delicatessen. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The story of Jackie Lee’s, once one of the hottest nightclubs in Washington," 21 Apr. 2018 On Friday, Sergei Skripal went to a small delicatessen, exchanged pleasantries with the owner and, just like every other week, bought Eastern European specialties that reminded him of home. Wiktor Szary, WSJ, "The Quiet English Life of Sergei Skripal, Poisoned Former Russian Spy," 11 Mar. 2018

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

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

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