noun (plural -cies) Date: 14th century 1. obsolete a. the quality or state of being luxurious b. indulgence 2. something pleasing to eat that is considered rare or luxurious <
considered caviar a delicacy
3. a. the quality or state of being dainty ; fineness <
lace of great delicacy
b. frailty 1 <
the delicacy of his health
4. fineness or subtle expressiveness of touch (as in painting or music) 5. a. precise and refined perception and discrimination b. extreme sensitivity ; precision <
an electronic instrument of great delicacy
6. a. refined sensibility in feeling or conduct b. the quality or state of being squeamish 7. the quality or state of requiring delicate handling

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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