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English noun: delicacy

1. delicacy (attribute) the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance

SamplesThe daintiness of her touch.
The fineness of her features.

Synonymsdaintiness, fineness

Broader (hypernym)elegance

2. delicacy (food) something considered choice to eat

Synonymsdainty, goody, kickshaw, treat

Broader (hypernym)aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals

Narrower (hyponym)ambrosia, bone marrow, choice morsel, confection, gelatin, jelly, marrow, nectar, savory, savoury, sweet, tidbit, titbit

3. delicacy (cognition) refined taste; tact


Broader (hypernym)appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness, taste

4. delicacy (attribute) smallness of stature


Broader (hypernym)littleness, smallness

5. delicacy (attribute) lack of physical strength


Broader (hypernym)weakness

6. delicacy (attribute) subtly skillful handling of a situation

Synonymsdiplomacy, discreetness, finesse

Broader (hypernym)tact, tactfulness

7. delicacy (attribute) lightness in movement or manner


Broader (hypernym)life, liveliness, spirit, sprightliness

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