Delicacy meaning

dĕlĭ-kə-sē
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The need for tact in treatment or handling.

A topic of some delicacy.

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Delicacy is defined as the state of being fragile, frail, soft or subtle, or refers to a gourmet food.

A person who is sickly and frail and who looks as if a strong wind would blow him over is an example of someone who would be described as having a delicacy about him.

A flower with a subtle, gentle beauty is an example of something with a delicacy.

Caviar is an example of a delicacy.

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The quality of being delicate.
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Something pleasing and appealing, especially a choice food.
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Fineness of appearance, construction, or execution; elegance.

Brushwork of great delicacy.

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Frailty of bodily constitution or health.
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Sensitivity of perception, discrimination, or taste; refinement.
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Sensitivity to very small changes; precision.

The delicacy of a set of scales.

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The quality of being delicate as in taste, odor, or texture.
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Fragile beauty or graceful slightness, softness, etc.; fineness.

The delicacy of a petal, of spun glass, or of a child's face.

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Weakness of constitution or health; frailty.
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The quality or condition of needing careful and deft handling.

Negotiations of great delicacy.

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Fineness of feeling, observation, or appreciation.

Delicacy of musical taste.

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Sensitiveness of response.

The delicacy of a compass.

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Fineness of touch, skill, etc.
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A fine regard for the feelings of others.
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A sensitive or, sometimes, finicky distaste for what is considered improper or offensive.
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A choice food.

Caviar and other delicacies.

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Luxuriousness.
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The quality of being delicate.
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Something appealing, usually a pleasing food, especially a choice dish of a certain culture suggesting rarity and refinement -a Chinese delicacy.
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Tact and propriety; the need for such tact.
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Origin of delicacy

  • Middle English delicacie from delicat delicate delicate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English delicacie, from Middle English delicat, from Latin delicatus

    From Wiktionary