Definitions for delicacyˈdɛl ɪ kə si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

del•i•ca•cyˈdɛl ɪ kə si(n.)(pl.)-cies.

  1. fineness of texture, quality, etc.; daintiness:

    the delicacy of lace.

  2. something delightful or pleasing, esp. a choice food considered with regard to its rarity or costliness.

  3. the quality of being easily damaged; fragility.

  4. the quality of requiring or involving great care or tact.

  5. precision of action or operation.

  6. fineness of perception or feeling; sensitiveness.

  7. sensitivity with regard to what is proper.

  8. bodily weakness; frailty.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. daintiness, delicacy, fineness(noun)

    the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance

    "the daintiness of her touch"; "the fineness of her features"

  2. dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat(noun)

    something considered choice to eat

  3. delicacy, discretion(noun)

    refined taste; tact

  4. delicacy, slightness(noun)

    smallness of stature

  5. fragility, delicacy(noun)

    lack of physical strength

  6. delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finesse(noun)

    subtly skillful handling of a situation

  7. airiness, delicacy(noun)

    lightness in movement or manner


  1. delicacy(Noun)

    The quality of being delicate.

  2. delicacy(Noun)

    Something appealing, usually a pleasing food, especially a choice dish of a certain culture suggesting rarity and refinement -a Chinese delicacy

  3. delicacy(Noun)

    Fineness or elegance of construction or appearance.

  4. delicacy(Noun)

    Frailty of health or fitness.

  5. delicacy(Noun)

    Refinement in taste or discrimination.

  6. delicacy(Noun)

    Tact and propriety; the need for such tact.

  7. Origin: From delicacie, from delicat, from delicatus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delicacy(adj)

    the state or condition of being delicate; agreeableness to the senses; delightfulness; as, delicacy of flavor, of odor, and the like

  2. Delicacy(adj)

    nicety or fineness of form, texture, or constitution; softness; elegance; smoothness; tenderness; and hence, frailty or weakness; as, the delicacy of a fiber or a thread; delicacy of a hand or of the human form; delicacy of the skin; delicacy of frame

  3. Delicacy(adj)

    nice propriety of manners or conduct; susceptibility or tenderness of feeling; refinement; fastidiousness; and hence, in an exaggerated sense, effeminacy; as, great delicacy of behavior; delicacy in doing a kindness; delicacy of character that unfits for earnest action

  4. Delicacy(adj)

    addiction to pleasure; luxury; daintiness; indulgence; luxurious or voluptuous treatment

  5. Delicacy(adj)

    nice and refined perception and discrimination; critical niceness; fastidious accuracy

  6. Delicacy(adj)

    the state of being affected by slight causes; sensitiveness; as, the delicacy of a chemist's balance

  7. Delicacy(adj)

    that which is alluring, delicate, or refined; a luxury or pleasure; something pleasant to the senses, especially to the sense of taste; a dainty; as, delicacies of the table

  8. Delicacy(adj)

    pleasure; gratification; delight

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the state or quality of being delicate.

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