What does delicacy mean?

Definitions for delicacy
ˈdɛl ɪ kə sidel·i·ca·cy

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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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How to say delicacy in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delicacy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delicacy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of delicacy in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Swift:

    A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment?

  2. Boss Ning:

    Originally, people from other provinces across the country didn't know about our dog meat delicacy but after our restaurant was shown on TV, they all come and try it out.

  3. New York:

    Their bright, resonant sopranos blend impeccably; Davie's Violet tackles the top notes with a delicacy and ardor that emphasize fragility and fear, while Padgett gives Daisy pluck and wit.

  4. New York:

    It's unconventional grist, to be sure, and musical theater is better for it, the material is handled with such delicacy and expertise that it speaks universally about big things that matter: life, love, family, surviving.

  5. Vladimir Pitulko:

    Indeed, these animals provide an endless source of different goods: food with meat, fat and marrow; fuel with dung, fat and bones; and raw material with long bones and ivory, they certainly would use them as food, especially certain parts like tongue or liver as a delicacy, but hunting for the ivory was more important.

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