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[del-ee] /ˈdɛl i/
noun, plural delis
[del-eez] /ˈdɛl iz/ (Show IPA).
a delicatessen.
food typically sold at a delicatessen, as cold cuts, salads, and pickles.
Origin of deli
1960-65; by shortening Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deli
  • There's a sign hanging in my local deli that offers customers some tips on what to expect in terms of quality and service.
  • Market-deli in a historic newspaper building offers organic goods and sandwiches made with house-roasted meats.
  • 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.
  • We're buying lettuce in plastic packages and potato salad, tabbouleh, and hummus in deli containers.
  • Make peanut butter or cream cheese sandwiches using round deli bread.
  • They'll have no deli next door, and no way to escape.
British Dictionary definitions for deli


noun (pl) delis
an informal word for delicatessen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deli

1954, short for delicatessen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for deli



: deli food/ treat from the deli counter

  1. A delicatessen: a nice smelly deli
  2. Delicatessen food: Feel like deli for lunch? (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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