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

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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 In 1987 he was arrested at a delicatessen in Closter, N.J., and charged with conspiracy to distribute a kilogram of heroin. New York Times, "Paco Navarro, 82, Seductive Voice of Disco on New York Radio, Dies," 14 Aug. 2019 Los Angeles Magazine Alex Canter, heir to one of Los Angeles’ most dominant delicatessens, has raised $18 million in funding to expand his online food ordering and delivery platform. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: More details emerge in the Gilroy shooting," 30 July 2019 Lara, the creative mastermind behind the delicatessens, experiments with vibrant colors in every board. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "This new Louisville charcuterie board company is just too Gouda not to share," 11 July 2019 Cecil already knew a thing or two about the delicatessen business. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s Cecil’s Delicatessen marks 70 years of serving up matzo ball soup, pastrami sandwiches and more," 27 June 2019 Bureaucracy, along with economic depression and the absence of bank credit led her this year to shut down her delicatessen with products from the Peloponnese. Nektaria Stamouli, WSJ, "Greek Bailout Ends, But Underlying Problems Remain," 21 Aug. 2018 At the General Muir in Emory Point, the owners' original hope was to create a modern American restaurant anchored by delicatessen traditions—but also not limited by them. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Atlanta," 21 Aug. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce delicatessen (audio) \

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

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