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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Del"i*cate
  1. Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.(R)"Dives, for his delicate life, to the devil went." [Piers Plowman.]"Haarlem is a very delicate town." [Evelyn.]
  2. Pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; 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 color; 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.

Etymology: L. delicatus pleasing the senses, voluptuous, soft and tender; akin to deliciae delight: cf. F. délicat. See Delight

noun Del"i*cate
  1. A choice dainty; a delicacy.(R)"With abstinence all delicates he sees." [Dryden.]
  2. A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person."All the vessels, then, which our delicates have, -- those I mean that would seem to be more fine in their houses than their neighbors, -- are only of the Corinth metal." [Holland.]
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  1. Exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury ("a delicate violin passage", "delicate china", "a delicate flavor", and "the delicate wing of a butterfly")
  2. Easily broken or damaged or destroyed ("a kite too delicate to fly safely")
  3. Difficult to handle; requiring great tact ("delicate negotiations with the big powers")
  4. Developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety
  5. Of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely ("almost undetectable with even the most delicate instruments")
  6. Marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique ("a surgeon's delicate touch")
  7. Easily hurt ("a baby's delicate skin")

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 (“pleasure, delight, luxury”), from delicere (“to allure”), from de (“away”) + lacere (“to allure, entice”).

  1. A delicate item of clothing, especially underwear or lingerie.
    Don't put that in with your jeans: it's a !
  2. (obsolete) A choice dainty; a delicacy.
    With abstinence all he sees. — Dryden.
  3. (obsolete) A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.
    All the vessels, then, which our have, — those I mean that would seem to be more fine in their houses than their neighbours, — are only of the Corinth metal. — Holland.

delicate was also found in the following language(s): Italian, Latin, and Romanian

Notable Persons Named Delicate

Delicate Steve is a musician. They were most active from 2010 to 2010. Delicate was given the name Steve Marion .


Notable Persons With the Last Name Delicate

Matthew Delicâte is a soccer player for the Richmond Kickers, VCU Rams men's soccer, Carmarthen Town A.F.C., Richmond Kickers Future, Rochester Rhinos, Ebbsfleet United F.C., and Carolina RailHawks. Matthew was born on February 7th, 1982 in Kent.


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Fun Facts about the name Delicate

  • When was the first name Delicate first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Delicate is Saturday, February 22nd, 1890.
  • How unique is the name Delicate? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Delicate. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Delicate: Your name in reverse order is Etaciled. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cidtaele. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Delicate born Oct 16, 1995

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-Central approximately on 650. Your profession was warrior, hunter, fisherman, and executor of sacrifices.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. You should develop self-love and ability to implant hope into hearts of people. Ambition - is not everything. True wealth is buried in your soul.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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