noun, plural del·i·ca·cies.
- delibes, léo,
Origin of delicacy
Examples from the Web for delicacy
At the time, the island had not yet been named after the delicacy, and went by the decidedly less fantastical Twickenham Ait.
C, lastly, I just think [Perritaz] has a natural taste for purity, delicacy, and ethereal balance.
In their scenes, there is delicacy, there is love, and there is hope.‘Downton Abbey’ Season 3: Julian Fellowes, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, and More|Jace Lacob|January 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Whether they are official or not, Chick-fil-A restaurants are designed to represent the Southern delicacy.My Chick-Fil-A Miracle: Dining at Fried-Chicken Chain’s Original Restaurant|Andy Jacobsohn|July 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Fetching French actress Audrey Tautou is back in the romantic drama “Delicacy.”Audrey Tautou on ‘Amélie,’ Her New Film ‘Delicacy,’ & More|Marlow Stern|March 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Deslauriers was convinced that Frederick had not told him the entire truth, no doubt through a feeling of delicacy.Sentimental Education, Volume II|Gustave Flaubert
The elevation and delicacy, the sense and seriousness, the beauty and perfection of the whole are astonishing.Amiel's Journal|Henri-Frdric Amiel
A furnace-feeder would need to be delicately adjusted, and coal cannot be handled with delicacy.The Idiot at Home|John Kendrick Bangs
You know it does not become a person of any delicacy to utter praise in his own behalf.'
My brother's affections were now unalterably fixed upon Louisa, but a sentiment of delicacy and generosity still kept him silent.A Sicilian Romance|Ann Radcliffe
noun plural -cies
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.