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delicatessen

[ del-i-kuh-tes-uhn ]
/ ˌdɛl ɪ kəˈtɛs ən /
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Definition of delicatessen

noun
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.
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Origin of delicatessen

1885–90, Americanism;<German, plural of Delikatesse dainty <French délicatesse

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British Dictionary definitions for delicatessen

delicatessen
/ (ˌdɛlɪkəˈtɛsən) /

noun
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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