noun, plural delis [del-eez] . Informal.
a delicatessen.
food typically sold at a delicatessen, as cold cuts, salads, and pickles.

1960–65; by shortening Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
deli (ˈdɛlɪ)
n , pl delis
an informal word for delicatessen

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Word Origin & History

1954, short for delicatessen.
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Example sentences
There's a sign hanging in my local deli that offers customers some tips on what
  to expect in terms of quality and service.
Use leftover cooked chicken or buy roast chicken from a deli.
Deli counter, homemade pastries, and wide selection of coffees and teas
  highlight this eclectically furnished locals' favorite.
Behind this modest exterior there's a great little deli.
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