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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The deli is open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Goldbergs Fine Foods: 925 Common St., New Orleans, 504.267.3564 *** Got a tip? Todd A. Price, NOLA.com, "Goldbergs, Atlanta-based deli, comes to New Orleans' CBD," 8 May 2018 Surveillance video of armed robbery at Lighthouse Too deli in Clackamas The man is described as being 5-foot-6, 160 to 180 lbs. and 38 to 45 years old. Jim Ryan, OregonLive.com, "Deputies release surveillance video of armed robbery in Clackamas," 24 Jan. 2018 The menu goes beyond deli items, with diner fare and more. 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 Accumulation of food debris on deli slicer that was stored away as clean. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Expired salsa, potato salad, ham and habanero sauce among violations in this week's restaurant inspections," 26 June 2019 Hoping to be home at night, Enzo Livia opened his business — 29 years ago — as an Italian deli. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 7 favorite places to eat (and drink) right now — plus one to avoid," 24 June 2019 Not all the workers are eager to walk out, including Irma Franco, 59, a deli clerk at a Ralphs in Inglewood who has been with the chain 13 years. James F. Peltz, latimes.com, "Grocery strike rocked Southern California 16 years ago. It may happen again soon," 22 June 2019 Not all the workers are eager to walk out, including Irma Franco, 59, a deli clerk at a Ralphs in Inglewood who has been with the chain 13 years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Grocery strike rocked Southern California 16 years ago. It may happen again soon," 22 June 2019 Meanwhile, the true perpetrator of the crime, Matias (who was working as a deli clerk and living out of a van at the time), was free to keep committing his terrifying and violent crimes. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Matias Reyes: The Truth About the Real Attacker in the Central Park Five Case," 17 June 2019

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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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