delicacy

  • 1Delicacy — Del i*ca*cy, n.; pl. {Delicacies}. [From {Delicate}, a.] 1. The state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of flavor, of odor, and the like. [1913 Webster] What choice to choose for delicacy… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2delicacy — [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… …

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  • 3delicacy — [n1] daintiness, fineness of structure airiness, debility, diaphaneity, elegance, etherealness, exquisiteness, fragility, frailness, frailty, gossameriness, infirmity, lightness, slenderness, smoothness, softness, subtlety, tenderness, tenuity,… …

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  • 4delicacy — index consideration (sympathetic regard), decorum, discretion (quality of being discreet), fault (weakness), frailty, nuance, propriety ( …

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  • 5delicacy — 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

  • 6delicacy — ► NOUN (pl. delicacies) 1) delicate texture or structure. 2) susceptibility to illness or adverse conditions. 3) discretion and tact. 4) a choice or expensive food …

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  • 7delicacy — [[t]de̱lɪkəsi[/t]] delicacies 1) N UNCOUNT Delicacy is the quality of being easy to break or harm, and refers especially to people or things that are attractive or graceful. ...the delicacy of a rose. ...a country where the feminine ideal is… …

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  • 8delicacy — /del i keuh see/, n., pl. delicacies. 1. fineness of texture, quality, etc.; softness; daintiness: the delicacy of lace. 2. something delightful or pleasing, esp. a choice food considered with regard to its rarity, costliness, or the like: Caviar …

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  • 9delicacy — noun 1 rare and expensive type of food ADJECTIVE ▪ great ▪ exotic, rare ▪ expensive ▪ local ▪ Have you tried any of the local deli …

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  • 10delicacy — noun 1) the fabric s delicacy Syn: fineness, exquisiteness, daintiness, airiness; flimsiness, gauziness, silkiness 2) the children s delicacy Syn: sickliness, ill health, frailty, fragility …

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  • 11delicacy — 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 …

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  • 12delicacy — n. 1) extreme, great delicacy 2) a matter of extreme delicacy * * * [ delɪkəsɪ] great delicacy a matter of extreme delicacy extreme …

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  • 13delicacy — noun 1) the delicacy of the fabric Syn: fineness, delicateness, fragility, thinness, lightness, flimsiness 2) the delicacy of the situation Syn: difficulty, trickiness, sensitivity, ticklishness …

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  • 14Delicacy — Wild Iranian Ossetra Caviar, ready to serve with mother of pearl spoons and Champagne. A delicacy is a food item that is considered highly desirable in certain cultures. Often this is because of unusual flavors or characteristics or because it is …

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  • 15delicacy — UK [ˈdelɪkəsɪ] / US noun Word forms delicacy : singular delicacy plural delicacies 1) [countable] a rare or expensive type of food Caviar is considered a delicacy in many countries. 2) a) [uncountable] a sensitive and careful way of dealing with… …

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  • 16delicacy — /ˈdɛləkəsi / (say deluhkuhsee) noun (plural delicacies) 1. fineness of texture, quality, etc.; softness: the delicacy of lace. 2. something delightful or pleasing, especially to the palate. 3. fineness of perception or feeling; sensitiveness. 4.… …

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  • 17delicacy — del|i|ca|cy [ˈdelıkəsi] n plural delicacies 1.) something good to eat that is expensive or rare ▪ Snails are considered a delicacy in France. 2.) [U] a careful and sensitive way of speaking or behaving so that you do not upset anyone = ↑tact ▪ He …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18delicacy — noun a) The quality of being delicate. b) Something appealing, usually a pleasing food, especially a choice dish of a certain culture suggesting rarity and refinement a Chinese delicacy See Also: delicate, delicatessen, delicious …

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  • 19delicacy — del|i|ca|cy [ delıkəsi ] noun 1. ) count a rare or expensive type of food: Caviar is considered a delicacy in many countries. 2. ) uncount the need to be sensitive in order to avoid making people angry or upset a ) a sensitive and careful way of… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20delicacy — noun (plural delicacies) 1》 fineness or intricacy of texture or structure. 2》 susceptibility to illness or adverse conditions; fragility. 3》 discretion and tact: treat this matter with the utmost delicacy. 4》 a choice or expensive food …

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