delicacy Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"delicacy" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈdel.ɪ.kə.si/

delicacy noun (FOOD)

[C] something ​especiallyrare or ​expensive that is good to ​eat: In some ​parts of the ​world, sheep's ​eyes are ​considered a great delicacy.

delicacy noun (POLITENESS)

[U] acting and ​speakingcarefully so that no one is ​offended, or the ​possibility of ​causingoffence: He ​raised the ​matter with ​great delicacy. I don't ​think you ​fullyappreciate the delicacy of the ​situation.

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.

delicacy noun (CARE)

[U] the ​quality of being done ​carefully or ​gently: We ​admired the delicacy of her ​brushstrokes.
(Definition of delicacy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"delicacy" in American English

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 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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