a store selling foods already prepared or requiring little preparation for serving, as cooked meats, cheese, salads, and the like.
Informal. the food products sold in such a store or at a counter: We're having delicatessen for dinner.

1885–90, Americanism; < German, plural of Delikatesse dainty < French délicatesse Unabridged
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delicatessen (ˌdɛlɪkəˈtɛsən)
1.  a shop selling various foods, esp unusual or imported foods, already cooked or prepared
2.  such foods
[C19: from German Delikatessen, literally: delicacies, pl of Delikatesse a delicacy, from French délicatesse]

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Word Origin & History

1889, Amer.Eng. borrowing from Ger. delikatessen, plural of delikatesse "a delicacy, fine food," from Fr. delicatesse (1560s), from delicat "fine," from L. delicatus (see delicate).
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Example sentences
Included in this industry are delicatessen-type establishments primarily engaged in retailing a general line of food.
Rather, this new contract is for the operation of full service delicatessen and bakery operations within military commissaries.
The new site will include in-building amenities such as a delicatessen and a gym.
Consumers may have purchased these chicken products at delicatessen counters at supermarkets.
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