delicacy: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (del'i-ku-sē), [key]
— pl. -cies.
- fineness of texture, quality, etc.; softness; daintiness: the delicacy of lace.
- something delightful or pleasing, esp. a choice food considered with regard to its rarity, costliness, or the like: Caviar is a great delicacy.
- the quality of being easily broken or damaged; fragility.
- the quality of requiring or involving great care or tact: negotiations of great delicacy.
- extreme sensitivity; precision of action or operation; minute accuracy: the delicacy of a skillful surgeon's touch; a watch mechanism of unusual delicacy.
- fineness of perception or feeling; sensitiveness: the delicacy of the pianist's playing.
- fineness of feeling with regard to what is fitting, proper, etc.: Delicacy would not permit her to be rude.
- sensitivity with regard to the feelings of others: She criticized him with such delicacy that he was not offended.
- bodily weakness; liability to sickness; frailty.
- (esp. in systemic linguistics) the degree of minuteness pursued at a given stage of analysis in specifying distinctions in linguistic description.
- sensuous indulgence; luxury.
- delicacy (Thesaurus)