Delicatessen meaning

dĕlĭ-kə-tĕsən
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Delicatessen is defined as a shop serving salads and fresh, sliced meats and cheeses.

A sandwich shop is an example of a delicatessen.

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A shop that sells cooked or prepared foods ready for serving.
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Ready-to-serve foods such as cheeses, cold cooked meats, and salads.
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Prepared cooked meats, smoked fish, cheeses, salads, relishes, etc., collectively.
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A shop where such foods are sold.
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(countable) A shop that sells cooked or prepared foods ready for serving.
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(plural only) Delicacies; exotic or expensive foods.
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Origin of delicatessen

  • German Delikatessen from pl. of Delikatesse delicacy from French délicatesse from Italian delicatezza from delicato delicate, dainty from Latin dēlicātus pleasing delicate

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

  • 1864. From German Delikatessen, plural of Delikatesse (“fine food”), from French délicatesse, from delicat (“fine”), from Latin delicatus (“alluring”).

    From Wiktionary

  • The sense of store much more recent, originating in ellipsis from the common attributive use, as in delicatessen shop, delicatessen store, etc.

    From Wiktionary