noun, plural del·is [del-eez] /ˈdɛl iz/. Informal.

a delicatessen.
food typically sold at a delicatessen, as cold cuts, salads, and pickles.

Origin of deli

First recorded in 1960–65; by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deli

Contemporary Examples of deli

Historical Examples of deli

  • The next letter (Deli, March 20th, 1873) was all unclouded joy.

  • The Deli pony is a rare-shaped little animal, standing from 13 hands to 13.2, with immense strength, and very fast.

    On the Equator

    Harry de Windt

  • He presently reported himself from Deli, where he was learning the business of a "nutmace" planter.

  • Now, my Deli Khans, let us give chase to the huge monster as we would to the savage Urus.

    The Circassian Chief

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Our section from Deli Abbas was moved up to take the place of the one that had been engaged, which now returned to Baghdad.

British Dictionary definitions for deli


noun plural delis

an informal word for delicatessen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for deli

1954, short for delicatessen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper