Delicatessen is defined as a shop serving salads and fresh, sliced meats and cheeses.(noun)
A sandwich shop is an example of a delicatessen.
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Origin: Ger delikatessen, derived by folk etym. < delikat (< Fr délicat) + essen, food, but actually pl. of delikatesse < Fr délicatesse, delicacy (< délicat: see delicate) assoc. with It delicatezza, ult. of same orig.
See delicatessen in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: German Delikatessen
Origin: , from
Origin: pl. of Delikatesse, delicacy
Origin: , from French délicatesse
Origin: , from Italian delicatezza
Origin: , from delicato, delicate, dainty
Origin: , from Latin dēlicātus, pleasing; see delicate.
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