delicatessen


delicatessen

noun

  1. a store selling foods already prepared or requiring little preparation for serving, as cooked meats, cheese, salads, and the like.
  2. Informal. the food products sold in such a store or at a counter: We’re having delicatessen for dinner.

noun

  1. a shop selling various foods, esp unusual or imported foods, already cooked or prepared
  2. such foods
n.

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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