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delicate Explained

delicate at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


delicate at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1374, from L. delicatus "alluring, delightful, dainty," also "addicted to pleasure," of unknown origin; related by folk etymology (and perhaps genuinely) to delici?i "a pet," and delicere "to allure, entice." Meaning "feeble in constitution" is c.1400; that of "easily broken" is recorded from 1568. Delicacy "a dainty viand" is from 1450. ///

delicate at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adj [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Latin; Origin: delicatus]//
1 needing to be dealt with carefully or sensitively in order to avoid problems or failure: --There's something I have to speak to you about - it's a delicate matter .// --delicate negotiations//
2 easily damaged or broken: fragile// --delicate hand-cut glass// --The sun can easily damage a child's delicate skin .//
3 old-fashioned someone who is delicate is hurt easily or easily becomes ill: --a delicate child//
4 a part of the body that is delicate is attractive and graceful: --Her wrists and ankles were slim and delicate.// --her delicate features //
5 made skilfully and with attention to the smallest details: --a plate with a delicate pattern of leaves//
6 a taste, smell, or colour that is delicate is pleasant and not strong: --The wine has a dry delicate flavour.// --a delicate pink// -- delicately adv // indelicate//

delicate at Latin => English Of Explained:

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delicate at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

378 Moby Thesaurus words for "delicate":
Herculean, Victorian, abstruse, accommodating, accommodative,
accurate, adept, aerial, agreeable, airy, allergic, ambrosial,
anaphylactic, appreciative, arduous, attentive, attenuate,
attenuated, balmy, becoming, boyish, breakable, brittle,
brittle as glass, brutal, careful, cautious, cheap-jack, civilized,
close, cobwebby, complaisant, complex, conscientious, considerate,
constant, correct, coy, crackable, creamy, crisp, crispy, critical,
crumbly, crushable, cultivated, cultured, cunning, cute, dainty,
dangerous, debilitated, decent, decorous, decrepit, delectable,
delicat, delicately weak, delicious, delightful, demanding, demure,
detailed, diaphanous, differential, difficile, difficult, diluted,
diplomatic, direct, discerning, discreet, discriminate,
discriminating, discriminative, distinctive, distinguishing, downy,
easy, effeminate, eggshell, elegant, emotionable, empathetic,
empathic, enfeebled, ethereal, even, exact, exacting, exigent,
expert, express, exquisite, faint, faithful, fastidious, feeble,
filmy, fine, fine-drawn, fine-grained, finespun, finical,
finicking, finicky, fissile, flat, flimsy, fluffy, foresighted,
formidable, fracturable, fragile, frail, frangible, friable, fussy,
fuzzy, gauzy, gentle, gimcrack, gimcracky, girlish, gloss, good,
good to eat, good-tasting, goosy, gossamer, gossamery, graceful,
gracile, gracious, gradual, gustable, gusty, hair-trigger,
hairline, hairsplitting, hairy, hard, hard-earned, hard-fought,
heedful, helpful, hyperesthetic, hyperpathic, hypersensitive,
impressionable, indulgent, inerrable, inerrant, infallible, infirm,
insubstantial, intricate, iridescent, irritable, itchy,
jawbreaking, jerry, jerry-built, juicy, knotted, knotty, laborious,
lacerable, lacy, lenient, light, lightweight, likable, luscious,
lush, masterly, mathematical, mean, mellow, mellowy, meticulous,
micrometrically precise, microscopic, mignon, mild, mindful,
mindful of others, minute, misty, modest, mollified,
mother-of-pearl, muted, nacreous, namby-pamby, narrow, nervous,
nice, no picnic, nonresistive, nonrigid, not easy, obliging,
of gourmet quality, on slippery ground, on thin ice, opalescent,
operose, overrefined, oversensible, oversensitive, overtender,
palatable, pale, papery, particular, passible, pasteboardy, pastel,
patinaed, pearly, perceptive, perishable, persnickety, pinpoint,
pleasing, polished, politic, precarious, precise, precisianistic,
precisionistic, prickly, proficient, proper, prudent, prudish,
pubescent, punctilious, punctual, puny, puristic, queasy, quiet,
rare, rarefied, receptive, recherche, refined, regardful,
religious, religiously exact, responsive, rigid, rigorous, rough,
rugged, sad, sapid, satin, satiny, savorous, savory, scientific,
scientifically exact, scissile, scrumptious, scrupulous,
scrutinizing, seemly, select, selective, semigloss, sensible,
sensitive, set with thorns, severe, shatterable, shattery, shivery,
sickly, silky, simple, sissified, skittish, sleazy, slender,
slenderish, slight, slight-made, slim, slimmish, slinky, slippery,
slippy, small, smooth, sober, soft, soft as putty, soft-colored,
soft-hued, softened, softhearted, solicitous, somber,
sophisticated, spiny, splintery, square, squeamish, steep, sticky,
strenuous, strict, subdued, subtile, subtle, succulent, superior,
supersensitive, susceptible, svelte, sweet, sylphlike, sympathetic,
tacky, tactful, tactical, tasty, tender, tenderhearted, tenuous,
tetchy, thin, thin-bodied, thin-set, thin-skinned, thin-spun,
thinnish, thorny, thoughtful, threadlike, ticklish, toilsome,
tolerant, toothsome, touch-and-go, touchy, tough, tricky,
uncertain, undeviating, unerring, unhealthy, unpredictable,
unsubstantial, uphill, vague, velutinous, velvety, volatile,
vulnerable, warmhearted, wary, wasp-waisted, watered, watered-down,
watery, weak, weakened, whisper-soft, wicked, willowy, wiredrawn,
wispy, womanish, yummy

delicate at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[ADJ] (Narrowness): narrow, close, slender, thin, fine, thread-like, tapered, slim, scant, scanty, spare, delicate, contracted, unexpanded, emaciated, lean, meager, gaunt, lanky, skinny, scrawny.

[ADJ] (Purity): pure, undefiled, modest, delicate, decent, decorous, virginal, chaste, continent, virtuous, honest, Platonic, virgin, unsullied.

delicate at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 easily damaged or broken
delicate china teacups * The eye is one of the most delicate organs of the body. * the delicate ecological balance of the rainforest * Babies have very delicate skin. * a cool wash cycle for delicate fabrics
2 (of a person) not strong and easily becoming ill:
a delicate child / constitution * His health had always been delicate.
3 small and having a beautiful shape or appearance:
his delicate hands * Women were treated like delicate flowers needing special treatment.
4 made or formed in a very careful and detailed way:
the delicate mechanisms of a clock
5 showing or needing skilful, careful or sensitive treatment:
I admired your delicate handling of the situation. * a delicate problem * The delicate surgical operation took five hours.
6 (of colours, flavours and smells) light and pleasant; not strong:
a delicate fragrance / flavour * a river scene painted in delicate watercolours
delicately adverb:
He stepped delicately over the broken glass. * delicately balanced flavours

Delicate at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Delicate \Del"i*cate\, a. [L. delicatus pleasing the senses,
voluptuous, soft and tender; akin to deliciae delight: cf. F.
d['e]licat. See {Delight}.]
1. Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.

Dives, for his delicate life, to the devil went.

Haarlem is a very delicate town. --Evelyn.

2. Pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; hence,
adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine;
elegant; as, a delicate dish; delicate flavor.

3. Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, ``a delicate
creature.'' --Shak.

4. Fine or slender; minute; not coarse; -- said of a thread,
or the like; as, delicate cotton.

5. Slight or smooth; light and yielding; -- said of texture;
as, delicate lace or silk.

6. Soft and fair; -- said of the skin or a surface; as, a
delicate cheek; a delicate complexion.

7. Light, or softly tinted; -- said of a color; as, a
delicate blue.

8. Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend;
considerate; -- said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as,
delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate

9. Tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail;
effeminate; -- said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a
delicate child; delicate health.

A delicate and tender prince. --Shak.

10. Requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily
dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or

There are some things too delicate and too sacred
to be handled rudely without injury to truth. --F.
W. Robertson.

11. Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.

12. Nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical;
sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate
ear for music.

13. Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes; as, a
delicate thermometer.

Delicate \Del"i*cate\, n.
1. A choice dainty; a delicacy. [R.]

With abstinence all delicates he sees. --Dryden.

delicate at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 1: exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to
injury; "a delicate violin passage"; "delicate china";
"a delicate flavor"; "the delicate wing of a
butterfly" [ant: {rugged}]
2: marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique; "a
surgeon's delicate touch"
3: easily broken or damaged or destroyed; "a kite too delicate
to fly safely"; "fragile porcelain plates"; "fragile old
bones"; "a frail craft" [syn: {fragile}, {frail}]
4: easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin" [syn: {soft}]
5: developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety; "the satire
touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human
pretense" [syn: {finespun}]
6: difficult to handle; requiring great tact; "delicate
negotiations with the big powers"; "hesitates to be
explicit on so ticklish a matter" [syn: {ticklish}]
7: of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute
differences or changes precisely; "almost undetectable
with even the most delicate instruments"

delicate at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » lang=enm|delicat, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » lang=la|delicatus||giving pleasure, delightful, soft, luxurious, delicate, in {{etyl|ML. also fine, slender}}, from Inter: term » lang=la|delicia, usually in plural Inter: term » lang=la|deliciae||pleasure, delight, luxury, from Inter: term » lang=la|delicere||to allure, from Inter: term » lang=la|de||away + Inter: term » lang=la|lacere||to allure, entice.


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ˈdɛlɪkət/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-delicate.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-ad » j

  • Easily damaged or requiring careful handling.
    1. : Those clothes are delicate
    2. : The negotiations were very delicate
    3. Characterized by a fine structure or thin lines.
    4. : Her face was delicate
    5. : The spider wove a delicate web
    6. : There was a delicate pattern of frost on the window
    7. Intended for use with fragile items.
    8. : Set the washing machine to the delicate cycle
    9. Of weak health, easily sick.
    10. Inter: informa » l Unwell, especially because of having drunk too much alcohol.
    11. : Please dont speak so loudly - I'm feeling a bit delicate this morning''
    12. Inter: rfdef » lang=en
    13. Inter: quote-news »

    |date=April 23
    |author=Angelique Chrisafis
    |title=François Hollande on top but far right scores record result in French election
    |work=the Guardian
    |passage=The final vote between Hollande and Sarkozy now depends on a delicate balance of how France's total of rightwing and leftwing voters line up.

    Related terms

    * delicacy
    • delicately
    • delicatessen
    • delicious
    • delight


      * Inter: sense » easily damaged fragile


      Inter: trans-top » easily damaged or requiring careful handling
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|delicat
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|choulostivý
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|délicat

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|empfindlich
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|хрупкий|tr=xrúpkij|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|деликатный|tr=delikátnyj|sc=Cyrl
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|delicado

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » characterized by a fine structure or thin lines
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|delicat
    • Cherokee: Inter: t- » chr|ᏩᏂᎨ|tr=wanige|sc=Cher
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|jemný

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|деликатный|tr=delikátnyj|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|изысканный|tr=izýskannyj|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|изящный|tr=izjáščnyj|sc=Cyrl

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » intended for use with fragile items
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|jemný

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » of weak health, easily sick
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|delicat
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|choulostivý

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|leice
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|болезненный|tr=boléznennyj|sc=Cyrl

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » unwell, especially because of having drunk too much alcohol
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|rozklepaný

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|разбитый|tr=razbítyj|sc=Cyrl

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Esperanto: delikata, delikatsenta
    • Finnish: herkkä (1)
    • French: délicat (1, 2)
    • German: heikel (1, 4)
    • Hebrew: עדין ('adyn) (1)
    • Italian: delicato (1, 2)
    • Japanese: 繊細な、優美な、精緻な
    • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|delikat
    • Polish: delikatny {{m}}
    • Spanish: delicado (1, 2)
    • Telugu: సున్నితమైన (sunnitamaina)

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • A delicate item of clothing, especially underwear or lingerie.
    1. : Dont put that in with your jeans: it's a delicate!''
    2. Inter: obsolet » e A choice dainty; a delicacy.
    3. : With abstinence all delicates he sees. — Dryden.
    4. Inter: obsolet » e A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.
    5. : All the vessels, then, which our delicates have, — those I mean that would seem to be more fine in their houses than their neighbours, — are only of the Corinth metal. — Holland.

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    delicate {{f}}
  • Inter: feminine plural of » delicato


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    Inter: la-adj-form » dēlicāte
  • Inter: inflection of » delicatus|dēlicātus|voc|m|s|lang=la

  • Romanian


  • Inter: ro-form-adj » fp|n|delicat
    1. Inter: ro-form-adj » fp|a|delicat
    2. Inter: ro-form-adj » np|n|delicat
    3. Inter: ro-form-adj » np|a|delicat

    Translation: ar » delicate
    Translation: cs » delicate
    Translation: de » delicate
    Translation: et » delicate
    Translation: es » delicate
    Translation: eo » delicate
    Translation: fa » delicate
    Translation: fr » delicate
    Translation: ko » delicate
    Translation: io » delicate
    Translation: it » delicate
    Translation: kn » delicate
    Translation: kk » delicate
    Translation: ku » delicate
    Translation: li » delicate
    Translation: hu » delicate
    Translation: mg » delicate
    Translation: ml » delicate
    Translation: my » delicate
    Translation: nl » delicate
    Translation: pl » delicate
    Translation: ru » delicate
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    Translation: fi » delicate
    Translation: tl » delicate
    Translation: ta » delicate
    Translation: te » delicate
    Translation: tr » delicate
    Translation: vi » delicate
    Translation: zh » delicate