- 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
Examples from the Web for delicatessen
They had a delicatessen first in Brooklyn, then in Queens, and they entered the country legally through Ellis Island.A College Degree Worth the Wait
June 1, 2014
I picked it up as I was coming back from the delicatessen shop.Grace Harlowe's Third Year at Overton College
Jessie Graham Flower
Did they give you eighteen months for breaking into the delicatessen shop?Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
In that apartment, however, the delicatessen dinner was still laid.Wanted: A Cook
And here, you may visit the delicatessen shop to good purpose.The Feasts of Autolycus
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Bob and Laura with supplies from the delicatessen shop, likely.Six Girls and the Tea Room
Marion Ames Taggart
- a shop selling various foods, esp unusual or imported foods, already cooked or prepared
- such foods
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).