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English definition of “dainty”


adjective     /ˈdeɪn.ti/ US  /-t̬i/
small , delicate , and often moving in a careful way: She was a small , dainty child , unlike her sister who was large and had big feet . We were given tea , and some dainty little cakes .AttractiveSexual attractionSmart and elegant daintiness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Beauty and attractiveness
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