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Dictionary Definition

delicacy

Noun

1 the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance; "the daintiness of her touch"; "the fineness of her features" [syn: daintiness, fineness]
2 something considered choice to eat [syn: dainty, goody, kickshaw, treat]
3 refined taste; tact [syn: discretion]
4 smallness of stature [syn: slightness]
5 lack of physical strength [syn: fragility]
6 subtly skillful handling of a situation [syn: diplomacy, discreetness, finesse]
7 lightness in movement or manner [syn: airiness]

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English

Etymology

From delicacie < delicat< delicatus

Noun

  1. The quality of being delicate.
  2. Something appealing, usually a pleasing food, especially a choice dish of a certain culture suggesting rarity and refinement -a Chinese delicacy
  3. Fineness or elegance of construction or appearance.
  4. Frailty of health or fitness.
  5. Refinement in taste or discrimination.
  6. Tact and propriety; the need for such tact.

Translations

quality of being delicate
  • Finnish: herkullisuus
  • French: délicatesse
  • Portuguese: delicadeza
  • Swedish: delikatess
something appealing, especially a pleasing food
  • Finnish: herkku
  • French: gourmandise
  • German: Delikatesse
  • Hebrew: מעדן (ma'adan)
  • Portuguese: iguaria, guloseima
  • Swedish: delikatess
elegance of construction or appearance
  • Finnish: hienostuneisuus
  • Portuguese: fineza
refinement in taste

Extensive Definition

This is a List of national delicacies. This list is sorted from where the food originated from.
A delicacy is a food that is particularly prized within a given culture. Delicacies are often rare foods that are difficult to obtain or prepare, and as a result may only be served for special occasions. Often the rarity or difficulty to prepare a dish causes it to be comparatively expensive to other local foods.
Certain delicacies may be normal within one culture but seem bizarre to others.

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Chile

Guatemala

Iceland

Japan

Korea

New Zealand

Netherlands

Philippines

Portugal

South Africa

Spain

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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wispiness, womanishness, yeastiness
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