delicatessen

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French delicacies sold in delicatessens

Etymology[edit]

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

The sense of store much more recent, originating in ellipsis from the common attributive use, as in delicatessen shop, delicatessen store, etc.

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Noun[edit]

delicatessen ‎(plural delicatessens)

  1. (countable) A shop that sells cooked or prepared foods ready for serving.
  2. (plural only) Delicacies; exotic or expensive foods.

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delicatessen f (plural delicatessens)

  1. delicatessen (shop selling prepared foods)

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Noun[edit]

delicatessen f ‎(plural delicatessens)

  1. delicatessen