Other Word Forms of Delicatessen
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”).
The sense of store much more recent, originating in ellipsis from the common attributive use, as in delicatessen shop, delicatessen store, etc.
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