Meaning of “delicacy” in the English Dictionary

"delicacy" in British English

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uk /ˈdel.ɪ.kə.si/ us /ˈdel.ə.kə.si/

delicacy noun (BEING EASILY DAMAGED)

[ U ] the quality of being easy to damage or looking very easy to damage:

Because of their great 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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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 special care needed to deal with something in order to avoid causing trouble or offense; the quality of needing this special care:

We need to discuss a matter of some delicacy.

(Definition of “delicacy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)