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Definition of delicacy noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. delicacies)
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  1. 1[uncountable] the quality of being, or appearing to be, easy to damage or break synonym fragile the delicacy of the fabric Her skin had the delicacy of a flower.
  2. 2[uncountable] the quality of being done carefully and gently synonym tender the delicacy of his touch
  3. 3[uncountable] very careful behavior in a difficult situation so that nobody is offended synonym tact She handled the situation with great sensitivity and delicacy.
  4. 4[uncountable] the fact that a situation is difficult and someone may be easily offended I need to talk to you about a matter of some delicacy.
  5. 5[countable] a type of food considered to be very special in a particular place synonym specialty local delicacies Dr. Jaffrey handed us a plate of dates: traditionally the delicacy with which to break the Ramadan fast.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: delicacy