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 Lox, Stock and Brisket Cuisine: Modern Jewish delicatessen. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Van Aken Market Hall restaurants: Dining guide," 1 Sep. 2020 Before the pandemic, Hasid was planning to open a delicatessen that would be located in an adjacent storefront. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "The Biggest Psychological Experiment in History Is Running Now," 8 June 2020 At one time, the delicatessen had multiple locations, including branches in Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles International Airport. Los Angeles Times, "Nate ’n Al’s, beloved delicatessen of Beverly Hills, to close for now," 29 Mar. 2020 Angelenos swear by Langer's, the kosher-style delicatessen in L.A.’s Westlake neighborhood; New Yorkers have been lining up for Katz’s pastrami on rye since 1888. Debra Kamin, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Food Gifts for Quarantine Care Packages," 6 May 2020 His father and his uncle ran a delicatessen called Hymie’s. John Leland, New York Times, "Hal Willner, Music Producer Who Melded Styles, Dies at 64," 8 Apr. 2020 The brothers went on to open Hymie’s delicatessen (named after their father) in Philadelphia. The Economist, "Mr Music Man Hal Willner died on April 7th," 16 Apr. 2020 His father and his uncle ran a delicatessen called Hymie’s. John Leland,, "Hal Willner, part producer, part synthesizer of genres," 9 Apr. 2020 At a long table inside a delicatessen in midtown Manhattan, a group of young people sit together over sandwiches and salads. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "How People with Autism Forge Friendships," 8 Apr. 2020

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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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“Delicatessen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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