delicacy

[ del-i-kuh-see ]
/ ˈdɛl ɪ kə si /

noun, plural del·i·ca·cies.


Nearby words

  1. deliberative,
  2. delibes,
  3. delibes, léo,
  4. delibrate,
  5. delicacies,
  6. delicate,
  7. delicately,
  8. delicatessen,
  9. delicia,
  10. delicious

Origin of delicacy

First recorded in 1325–75, delicacy is from the Middle English word delicasie. See delicate, -cy

Related formshy·per·del·i·ca·cy, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for delicacy

delicacy

/ (ˈdɛlɪkəsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

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Word Origin and History for delicacy

delicacy

n.

late 14c., "delightfulness; fastidiousness; quality of being addicted to sensuous pleasure," from delicate + -cy. Meaning "fineness, softness, tender loveliness" is from 1580s; that of "weakness of constitution" is from 1630s. Meaning "fine food, a dainty viand" is from early 15c.

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