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delicate

[ del-i-kit ]
/ ˈdɛl ɪ kɪt /
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adjective
noun
Archaic. a choice food; delicacy.
Obsolete. a source of pleasure; luxury.
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Origin of delicate

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English delicat, from Latin dēlicātus “delightful, dainty”; akin to delicious

synonym study for delicate

1. Delicate, dainty, exquisite imply beauty such as belongs to rich surroundings or which needs careful treatment. Delicate, used of an object, suggests fragility, small size, and often very fine workmanship: a delicate piece of carving. Dainty, in concrete references, suggests a smallness, gracefulness, and beauty that forbid rough handling: a dainty handkerchief; of persons, it refers to fastidious sensibilities: dainty in eating habits. Exquisite suggests an outstanding beauty and elegance, or a discriminating sensitivity and ability to perceive fine distinctions: an exquisite sense of humor.

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British Dictionary definitions for delicate

delicate
/ (ˈdɛlɪkɪt) /

adjective
noun
archaic a delicacy; dainty

Derived forms of delicate

delicately, adverbdelicateness, noun

Word Origin for delicate

C14: from Latin dēlicātus affording pleasure, from dēliciae (pl) delight, pleasure; see delicious
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