delicacy
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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  • delicacy — [del′i kə sē] n. pl. delicacies [ME delicacie < ML delicacia < L delicatus: see DELICATE] 1. the quality of being delicate as in taste, odor, or texture 2. fragile beauty or graceful slightness, softness, etc.; fineness [the delicacy of a… …   English World dictionary

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  • delicacy — late 14c., delightfulness; fastidiousness; quality of being addicted to sensuous pleasure, from DELICATE (Cf. delicate) + CY (Cf. cy). Meaning fineness, softness, tender loveliness is from 1580s; that of weakness of constitution is from 1630s.… …   Etymology dictionary

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