[ del-i-kuh-tes-uh n ]
/ ˌdɛl ɪ kəˈtɛs ən /


a store selling foods already prepared or requiring little preparation for serving, as cooked meats, cheese, salads, and the like.
Informal. the food products sold in such a store or at a counter: We're having delicatessen for dinner.

Origin of delicatessen

1885–90, Americanism; < German, plural of Delikatesse dainty < French délicatesse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for delicatessen


/ (ˌdɛlɪkəˈtɛsən) /


a shop selling various foods, esp unusual or imported foods, already cooked or prepared
such foods

Word Origin for delicatessen

C19: from German Delikatessen, literally: delicacies, pl of Delikatesse a delicacy, from French délicatesse
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