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Meaning of “delicacy” in the English Dictionary

"delicacy" in British English

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delicacynoun

uk   us   /ˈdel.ɪ.kə.si/
  • delicacy noun (BEING EASILY DAMAGED)

[U] the ​quality of being ​easy to ​damage or ​looking very ​easy to ​damage: Because of ​theirgreat delicacy, the ​books cannot be ​moved.
(Definition of delicacy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"delicacy" in American English

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delicacynoun

 us   /ˈdel·ɪ·kə·si/
  • delicacy noun (FOOD)

[C] something esp. ​rare or ​expensive that is good to ​eat: a ​dinner of Vietnamese delicacies
  • delicacy noun (NEED FOR CARE)

[U] the ​specialcareneeded to ​deal with something in ​order to ​avoid causing ​trouble or ​offense; the ​quality of ​needing this ​specialcare: We need to ​discuss a ​matter of some delicacy.
(Definition of delicacy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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