Definition of delicatessen noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌdelɪkəˈtesn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdelɪkəˈtesn//
(also deli) Types of stores
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a shop/store or part of one that sells cooked meats and cheeses, and special or unusual foods that come from other countries See related entries: Types of stores Word Originlate 19th cent. (originally US, denoting prepared foods for sale): from German Delikatessen or Dutch delicatessen, from French délicatesse ‘delicateness’, from délicat or Latin delicatus, of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: delicatessen