deli

noun
\ ˈde-lē How to pronounce deli (audio) \
plural delis

Definition of deli

: a store where ready-to-eat food products (such as cooked meats and prepared salads) are sold : delicatessen You shuffle off to the deli and pick up a pastrami-on-rye and an egg cream. The bald man behind the counter whistles cheerfully as he slices the meat.— Jay McInerney Sixth Avenue in midtown was once lined with convenient, low-priced delis, cafeterias, coffee shops, and the like.— Brendan Gill also : the food sold at a delicatessen If you're hungry for deli in Miami, only the Rascal House will do. — Norman Kolpas … a neat, orderly, well-lighted place so clean you could eat deli off the floor … — Jack Fincher often used before another noun deli meats/platters waiting in line at the deli counter

Examples of deli in a Sentence

We bought sandwiches and drinks at the deli.

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Inside the Box Cafe offers deli-style sandwiches that fight hunger and homeless in the area. Can’t patronize any of these locations in person? Jane Mosbacher Morris, Marie Claire, "5 Easy Ways to Use Your Wallet to Create Real Change," 31 Jan. 2019 Many of the people gathered at the growing memorial in front of the deli marched a block away to the corner where Junior died. CBS News, "Community holds prayer service, unveils mural for teen slain by gang," 2 July 2018 The deli will replace the Reservoir restaurant at the hotel. Jenn Harris, latimes.com, "Restaurateur Bill Chait (the guy who brought you Bestia) to open his first L.A. restaurant in over 2 years," 12 June 2018 The deli also sold prepared take-home dishes such as ravioli and lasagna in a meat-and-porcini-mushroom sauce. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Old town Elk Grove deli specializing in loaded hot dogs closes," 4 June 2018 Branston’s juicy, sweet chunks of relish can also transform a humble cheese sandwich into a fancy deli-style concoction. Zahra Pettican, Bon Appetit, "11 Positively British Snacks to Order Online Before the Royal Wedding," 8 May 2018 The full-service deli offers sandwiches, salads, sliced meats and more than 25 kinds of bagels. Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "Goldbergs, Atlanta-based deli, comes to New Orleans' CBD," 8 May 2018 That iconic deli had a long, colorful run before closing in 2009. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: The redesigned Katz’s deli," 1 May 2018 The deli also normally has two soups available daily. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Peanut Butter & Jelly Deli packs in customers since opening in West Allis," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of deli

circa 1954, in the meaning defined above

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deli

noun

English Language Learners Definition of deli

: a store where you can buy foods (such as meats, cheese, salads, and sandwiches) that are already cooked or prepared

deli

noun
\ ˈde-lē How to pronounce deli (audio) \
plural delis

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