Definition and Meanings for delicate

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Part of Speech of delicate

adjective, noun

Etymology of delicate

l. delicatus pleasing the senses, voluptuous, soft and tender; akin to deliciae delight: cf. f. d. see delight

Meaning of delicate


as adjective

  • addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.
  • pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; hence, adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine; elegant; as, a delicate dish; delicate flavor.
  • slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, delicate creature.
  • fine or slender; minute; not coarse; -- said of a thread, or the like; as, delicate cotton.
  • slight or smooth; light and yielding; -- said of texture; as, delicate lace or silk.
  • soft and fair; -- said of the skin or a surface; as, a delicate cheek; a delicate complexion.
  • light, or softly tinted; -- said of a color; as, a delicate blue.
  • refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; -- said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as, delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness.
  • tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; -- said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a delicate child; delicate health.
  • requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or question.
  • of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.
  • nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music.
  • affected by slight causes; showing slight changes; as, a delicate thermometer.

as noun

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