What does delicacy mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. daintiness, delicacy, finenessnoun

    the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance

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

  2. dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treatnoun

    something considered choice to eat

  3. delicacy, discretionnoun

    refined taste; tact

  4. delicacy, slightnessnoun

    smallness of stature

  5. fragility, delicacynoun

    lack of physical strength

  6. delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finessenoun

    subtly skillful handling of a situation

  7. airiness, delicacynoun

    lightness in movement or manner


  1. delicacynoun

    The quality of being delicate.

  2. delicacynoun

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

  3. delicacynoun

    Fineness or elegance of construction or appearance.

  4. delicacynoun

    Frailty of health or fitness.

  5. delicacynoun

    Refinement in taste or discrimination.

  6. delicacynoun

    Tact and propriety; the need for such tact.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DELICACYnoun

    Etymology: delicatesse, French, of deliciæ, Latin.

    On hospitable thoughts intent,
    What choice to chuse for delicacy best. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    These delicacies,
    I mean of taste, sight, smell, herbs, fruits and flow’rs,
    Walks, and the melody of birds. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    She had never seen a man of a more goodly presence, in whom strong making took not away delicacy, nor beauty fierceness. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Van Dyck has even excelled him in the delicacy of his colouring, and in his cabinet pieces. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Persons in those posts are usually born of families noble and rich, and so derive a weakness of constitution from the ease and luxury of their ancestors, and the delicacy of their own education. William Temple.


  1. delicacy

    A delicacy is a food item that is considered highly desirable in certain cultures because of its unique taste, texture, or rarity. It often refers to gourmet foods or dishes that require special preparation or are associated with a particular region or tradition. Additionally, the term delicacy can also refer to the quality of being delicate or fragile.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delicacyadjective

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

  2. Delicacyadjective

    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. Delicacyadjective

    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. Delicacyadjective

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

  5. Delicacyadjective

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

  6. Delicacyadjective

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

  7. Delicacyadjective

    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. Delicacyadjective

    pleasure; gratification; delight

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Agnes Repplier:

    A villain must be a thing of power, handled with delicacy and grace. He must be wicked enough to excite our aversion, strong enough to arouse our fear, human enough to awaken some transient gleam of sympathy. We must triumph in his downfall, yet not barbarously nor with contempt, and the close of his career must be in harmony with all its previous development.

  4. Shah Asad Rizvi:

    Dance is that delicacy of life radiating every particle of our existence with happiness

  5. 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?

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