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Definitions of delicate

  1. A choice dainty; a delicacy. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Delicateness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. Delicately. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. difficult to handle; requiring great tact; "delicate negotiations with the big powers"; "hesitates to be explicit on so ticklish a matter" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety; "the satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely; "almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique; "a surgeon's delicate touch" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; hence, adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine; elegant; as, a delicate dish; delicate flavor. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or question. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, a delicate creature. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Fine or slender; minute; not coarse; - said of a thread, or the like; as, delicate cotton. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Slight or smooth; light and yielding; - said of texture; as, delicate lace or silk. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Soft and fair; - said of the skin or a surface; as, a delicate cheek; a delicate complexion. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Light, or softly tinted; - said of a color; as, a delicate blue. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; - said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as, delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; - said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a delicate child; delicate health. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Pleasing to the taste; as, a delicate flavor; tender; refined; as, delicate attentions; physically frail; sensitive. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. Pleasing to the senses, esp. the taste: dainty: nicely discriminating or perceptive: of a fine, slight texture or constitution: tender, frail: requiring nice handling: refined in manners, gentle, polite, considerate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. Pleasing to the senses; dainty; refined; finely wrought; frail; requiring nice handling. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. Fine and light; daintily pleasing; finely wrought; tender; frail; fragile. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Refined; pure; chaste; dainty; sensitive. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. Pleasing to a nicely discriminating sense; dainty; requiring fineness of sense to distinguish; nice; fine; soft; slender; of a fine texture; nice in perception; implying nice sensibility, or refined; highly susceptible of injury; tender; to be handled with caution. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  27. Soft; smooth; of a fine texture; nice or pleasing to the taste; nice and discriminating in the perception of beauty or deformity; fine; slender; that must be tended or handled with care; effeminate; not able to endure hardship; feeble; scrupulously polite and considerate in attending to the wishes and feelings of others. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for delicate

  1. It was given out that Edith was delicate and must have a year away. – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  2. The child was so young, so delicate – In The Blue Pike, Volume 2. by Georg Ebers
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