Definition of Delicate

1. Adjective. Exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury. "The delicate wing of a butterfly"

2. Adjective. Marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique. "A surgeon's delicate touch"
Similar to: Skilled

3. Adjective. Easily broken or damaged or destroyed. "A frail craft"
Exact synonyms: Fragile, Frail
Similar to: Breakable
Derivative terms: Fragility

4. Adjective. Easily hurt. "A baby's delicate skin"
Exact synonyms: Soft
Similar to: Tender, Untoughened

5. Adjective. Developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety. "The satire touches with finespun ridicule every kind of human pretense"
Exact synonyms: Finespun
Similar to: Refined

6. Adjective. Difficult to handle; requiring great tact. "A touchy subject"
Exact synonyms: Ticklish, Touchy
Similar to: Difficult, Hard

7. Adjective. Of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely. "Almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments"
Similar to: Sensitive

Definition of Delicate

1. a. Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.

2. n. A choice dainty; a delicacy.

Definition of Delicate

1. Adjective. Easily damaged or requiring careful handling. ¹

2. Adjective. Characterized by a fine structure or thin lines. ¹

3. Adjective. Intended for use with fragile items. ¹

4. Adjective. Of weak health, easily sick. ¹

5. Adjective. (informal) Unwell, especially because of having drunk too much alcohol. ¹

6. Adjective. ¹

7. Noun. A delicate item of clothing, especially underwear or lingerie. ¹

8. Noun. (obsolete) A choice dainty; a delicacy. ¹

9. Noun. (obsolete) A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person. ¹

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Definition of Delicate

1. a delicacy [n -S] - See also: delicacy

Medical Definition of Delicate

1. 1. Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring. "Dives, for his delicate life, to the devil went." (Piers Plowman) "Haarlem is a very delicate town." (Evelyn) 2. Pleasing to the senses; refinedly; hence, adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine; elegant; as, a delicate dish; delicate flavor. 3. Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, "a delicate creature." 4. Fine or slender; minute; not coarse; said of a thread, or the like; as, delicate cotton. 5. Slight or smooth; light and yielding; said of texture; as, delicate lace or silk. 6. Soft and fair; said of the skin or a surface; as, a delicate cheek; a delicate complexion. 7. Light, or softly tinted; said of a colour; as; as, a delicate blue. 8. Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as, delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness. 9. Tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a delicate child; delicate health. "A delicate and tender prince." (Shak) 10. Requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or question. "There are some things too delicate and too sacred to be handled rudely without injury to truth." (F. W. Robertson) 11. Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious. 12. Nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music. 13. Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes; as, a delicate thermometer. Origin: L. Delicatus pleasing the senses, voluptuous, soft and tender; akin to deliciae delight: cf. F. Delicat. See Delight. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Delicate

delicate (current term)
delicatessen food

Literary usage of Delicate

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1. The Study of Children and Their School Training by Francis Warner (1897)
"Children with developmental defects often present also abnormal nerve-signs, and are delicate and dull. Not only are these developmental cases frequently ..."

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