November 07, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
delicacy /ˈdɛlɪkəsi/ noun
delicacy
/ˈdɛlɪkəsi/
noun

plural delicacies

Fried frog legs are a delicacy in some countries.
Fried frog legs are a delicacy in some countries.
Learner's definition of DELICACY

1 [count] : a food that people like to eat because it is special or rare

  • The restaurant serves delicious sausages and other regional delicacies.

2 [noncount] : the quality of being delicate: such as

a : the quality of being easily broken or damaged

  • the delicacy of the glassware

b : the quality of being easily injured, hurt, or made sick

  • the delicacy [=frailty] of his health

c : the attractive quality of something that is formed from many small or fine parts

  • The curtains were made from fine lace of great delicacy.

  • a musician known for the delicacy of her compositions

  • the delicacy of the young boy's features

d : the appealing quality of something that is not too strong

  • the delicacy of the perfume

  • the delicacy of the wine's flavor

3 [noncount]

a : special care or skill that is needed to prevent people from becoming upset or angry

  • This is a difficult situation that should be handled with delicacy. [=tact]

b : the quality of requiring special care or skill

  • Because of the delicacy of the situation, we needed to speak privately.

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