- Delicatessen is defined as a shop serving salads and fresh, sliced meats and cheeses.
A sandwich shop is an example of a delicatessen.
Food displayed in a delicatessen or deli.
delicatessen definition by Webster's New World
- prepared cooked meats, smoked fish, cheeses, salads, relishes, etc., collectively
- a shop where such foods are sold
Origin: German delikatessen, derived by folk etymology ; from delikat (; from French délicat) plush 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
delicatessen definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A shop that sells cooked or prepared foods ready for serving.
- Ready-to-serve foods such as cheeses, cold cooked meats, and salads.
Origin: German Delikatessen, from pl. of Delikatesse, delicacy, from French délicatesse, from Italian delicatezza, from delicato, delicate, dainty, from Latin dēlicātus, pleasing; see delicate.