[del-i-kuh-tes-uh n]


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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Contemporary Examples of delicatessen

  • They had a delicatessen first in Brooklyn, then in Queens, and they entered the country legally through Ellis Island.

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British Dictionary definitions for delicatessen



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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Word Origin and History for delicatessen

1889, American English, from German delikatessen, plural of delikatesse "a delicacy, fine food," from French délicatesse (1560s), from délicat "fine," from Latin delicatus (see delicate).

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