adjective, dain·ti·er, dain·ti·est.
noun, plural dain·ties.
- daimyo bond,
- dairy breed,
- dairy cattle
Origin of dainty
Examples from the Web for dainties
Two baskets filled with dainties and a demi-john came to this office.Watch Yourself Go By|Al. G. Field
But here we must pause, for we are almost cloyed with sweets and dainties.The Gastronomic Regenerator:|Alexis Soyer
Certainly Lamb never writes so richly and so delightfully as when he discourses of the dainties and delicacies of the table.
The tea-kettle was soon singing on the stove, and Dotty forgot her peculiar trials when she saw the table covered with dainties.Dotty Dimple at Her Grandmother's|Sophie May
The rabbits were drawn from the timbered ridges to nibble these first spring dainties.The Yellow Horde|Hal G. Evarts
adjective -tier or -tiest
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for dainty
c.1300, "delightful, pleasing," from dainty (n.). Meaning evolved in Middle English to "choice, excellent" (late 14c.) to "delicately pretty." Related: Daintiness.
c.1300, "excellence, elegance; a luxury," from Old French deintie (12c.) "price, value," also "delicacy, pleasure," from Latin dignitatem (nominative dignitas) "greatness, rank, worthiness, worth, beauty," from dignus "worthy" (see dignity).