Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A shop that sells cooked or prepared foods ready for serving.
  • noun Ready-to-serve foods such as cheeses, cold cooked meats, and salads.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Delicacies; delicate or dainty articles of food, implying, in German use, sausages and the like.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural Relishes for the table; dainties; delicacies.
  • noun plural ready-to-eat foods, such as cold cuts, cooked meats, and prepared salads.
  • noun plural a store or section of a store where delicatessen{2} is sold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable A shop that sells cooked or prepared foods ready for serving.
  • noun Delicacies; exotic or expensive foods.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun ready-to-eat food products
  • noun a shop selling ready-to-eat food products

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[German Delikatessen, from pl. of Delikatesse, delicacy, from French délicatesse, from Italian delicatezza, from delicato, delicate, dainty, from Latin dēlicātus, pleasing; see delicate.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

1864. From German Delikatessen, plural of Delikatesse ("fine food"), from French délicatesse, from delicat ("fine"), from Latin delicatus ("alluring").

Examples

  • Did you know that "delicatessen" is German for "pleasing things to eat"?

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  • ** I bought this on a trip to Spain, it should be available in Spanish delicatessen or via mail order.

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  • The first place we see is a delicatessen, which is about my favorite kind of place to eat anyway.

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  • The first place we see is a delicatessen, which is about my favorite kind of place to eat anyway.

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  • They claim that its success has grown out of the close relationship between wholesalers of staple British fare and high quality "delicatessen" retailers who have moved in over the past decade.

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  • I guessed it from his early use of the word 'delicatessen'.

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  • The professor has deciphered the word 'Nesseta-ciled' by reversal: it is 'delicatessen' ...

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  • When they had saved three thousand dollars they married and put into effect the plan which had been their chief subject of conversation every day and every evening for ten years -- they opened the "delicatessen" in Avenue A, near Second Street.

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  • They claim that its success has grown out of the close relationship between wholesalers of staple British fare and high quality "delicatessen" retailers who have moved in over the past decade.

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  • Today I taught myself a way to absolutely remember how to spell "delicatessen" .... spell "delicates" and add "sen."

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  • Possibly a good name for a girl.

    December 16, 2006