• Easily damaged or requiring careful handling.
  • Characterized by a fine structure or thin lines.
  • Intended for use with fragile items.
  • Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; said of manners, conduct, or feelings.
  • Of weak health; easily sick; unable to endure hardship.
  • Unwell, especially because of having drunk too much alcohol.
  • Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.
  • Pleasing to the senses; refined; adapted to please an elegant or cultivated taste.
  • Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful.
  • Light, or softly tinted; said of a colour.
  • Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.
  • Highly discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite.
  • Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes.



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  • From Middle English delicat, from Latin delicatus ("giving pleasure, delightful, soft, luxurious, delicate, in Medieval Latin also fine, slender"), from delicia, usually in plural deliciae, from delicere, from de + lacere. Compare Spanish delgado ("thin, skinny").

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