- delibes, léo,
Origin of delicate
Examples from the Web for delicately
The cheery 69-year-old father of eight sits in the center with his wife and delicately brandishes a small, brown book.
PANKISI GORGE, Georgia—The mother of martyrs, a woman in her fifties, is delicately beautiful and visibly in pain.
This deft, delicately wrought story is Murakami at his best.
I just found it depressingly tone deaf for a show that typically handles these sensitive issues so delicately.‘Orange Is the New Black’: Inside the Wild S2 Finale and What’s Next for Season 3|Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He tops the concoction with a shot of bourbon and delicately spoons in a couple ice cubes.The Rise and Fall…and Rise Again of the Old-Fashioned|Allison McNearney|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A furnace-feeder would need to be delicately adjusted, and coal cannot be handled with delicacy.The Idiot at Home|John Kendrick Bangs
Mavis fingered them delicately as if they were priceless treasures.A Fortunate Term|Angela Brazil
Freddy has been affectionately taxed by his betrothed with having been instrumental in its despatch, but he has delicately denied.Doctor Cupid|Rhoda Broughton
I heard her cross the room, her skirts rustling slightly, and then the faint clicking of some delicately adjusted mechanism.My Lady of Doubt|Randall Parrish
This when she opened proved to contain a delicately chased little envelope opener, shaped like a tiny scimitar.Brenda, Her School and Her Club|Helen Leah Reed
Word Origin 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.