Food displayed in a delicatessen or deli.
A sandwich shop is an example of a delicatessen.
- prepared cooked meats, smoked fish, cheeses, salads, relishes, etc., collectively
- a shop where such foods are sold
Origin of delicatessenGerman delikatessen, derived by folk etymology from delikat ( from French délicat) + essen, food, but actually plural of delikatesse from French délicatesse, delicacy ( from délicat: see delicate) associated, association with Italian delicatezza, ultimately of same origin, originally
- A shop that sells cooked or prepared foods ready for serving.
- Ready-to-serve foods such as cheeses, cold cooked meats, and salads.
Origin of delicatessenGerman Delikatessen from pl. of Delikatesse delicacy from French délicatesse from Italian delicatezza from delicato delicate, dainty from Latin dēlicātus pleasing ; see delicate .
The sense of store much more recent, originating in ellipsis from the common attributive use, as in delicatessen shop, delicatessen store, etc.