[ del-i-kuh-tes-uhn ]
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  1. a store selling foods already prepared or requiring little preparation for serving, as cooked meats, cheese, salads, and the like.

  2. 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

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How to use delicatessen in a sentence

  • From a delicatessen store procure dill pickles and a nice Edam cheese.

    Suppers | Paul Pierce
  • After several blocks the window of a delicatessen store showed him she was more composed, and he again offered her his arm.

    To Him That Hath | Leroy Scott
  • Well, theres just father and Lonny and France and I, and mostly father brings home things from the delicatessen.

    Winona of the Camp Fire | Margaret Widdemer
  • In the distance behind him was a milk wagon, a few pedestrians, a little thinly clad girl coming out of a delicatessen store.

    The "Genius" | Theodore Dreiser

British Dictionary definitions for delicatessen


/ (ˌdɛlɪkəˈtɛsən) /

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

  2. such foods

Origin of delicatessen

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

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