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(Canada, Prairies and northwestern Ontario) A fancy cookie, pastry, or square served at a social event (usually plural).
Middle English deinte excellent, excellence from Old French deintie from Latin dignitās from dignus worthy dek- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French deintié, from Latin dignitātem.
They're so dainty they almost make you cry.
She has on a dainty lace dress and satin slippers.
From her long neck to her slender ankles, Claudette was dainty and feminine.
Dainty cat prints trekked through the flour she'd spilled on the counter.
Cynthia asked out of politeness as Effie picked up a chocolate chip cookie with dainty fingers.
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