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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 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)







"delicacy" in British English

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delicacynoun

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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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