Origin of delicate
Examples from the Web for delicate
The scenes between Johansson and Adam Pearson, a man with neurofibromatosis, are some of the most delicate and visceral this year.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
She used electrolysis to banish the prickly hair from her delicate face.
It's about the delicate fabric of the universe and how our fragile insides crumble when that fabric is torn.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For those with a predilection for immaculately fine and delicate paintings by Botticelli, his Madonna of the Book will satisfy.
Its spine, too, “‘hubbed’ as the most prized European classics are,” is decorated with delicate gold squiggles and a star.
He bent his head down to the delicate little face at his side, and his tones were changed.The Grandchildren of the Ghetto|Israel Zangwill
Whatever his causes of complaint, they were of too delicate and secret a nature for seconds, bullets, and newspaper paragraphs!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He was short rather than tall, his hand was delicate, his foot slender and elegant.The Companions of Jehu|Alexandre Dumas, pre
Could I lie here in bed, and let that delicate little thing work for me out there in the kitchen?Rico and Wiseli|Johanna Spyri
Goethe, who was an experienced courtier, understood the delicate hint, and stepped back from the table.Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia|L. Mhlbach,
British Dictionary definitions for delicate
Word Origin for delicate
Word Origin and History for delicate
late 14c., "self-indulgent, loving ease; delightful; sensitive, easily hurt; feeble," from Latin delicatus "alluring, delightful, dainty," also "addicted to pleasure, luxurious, effeminate;" of uncertain origin; related by folk etymology (and perhaps genuinely) to deliciae "a pet," and delicere "to allure, entice" (see delicious). Meaning "easily broken" is recorded from 1560s.