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[del-i-kuh-tes-uh n] /ˌdɛl ɪ kəˈtɛs ən/
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.
Origin of delicatessen
1885-90, Americanism; < German, plural of Delikatesse dainty < French délicatesse Unabridged
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  • Included in this industry are delicatessen-type establishments primarily engaged in retailing a general line of food.
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  • Consumers may have purchased these chicken products at delicatessen counters at supermarkets.
British Dictionary definitions for delicatessen


a shop selling various foods, esp unusual or imported foods, already cooked or prepared
such foods
Word Origin
C19: from German Delikatessen, literally: delicacies, pl of Delikatesse a delicacy, from French délicatesse
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Word Origin and History for delicatessen

1889, American English, from German delikatessen, plural of delikatesse "a delicacy, fine food," from French délicatesse (1560s), from délicat "fine," from Latin delicatus (see delicate).

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