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delicate

English

Etymology

Middle English delicat < Latin delicatus

Pronunciation

Adjective

delicate (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
delicate

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Easily damaged or requiring careful handling.
    Those clothes are delicate
    The negotiations were very delicate
  2. Characterized by a fine structure or thin lines.
    Her face was delicate
    The spider wove a delicate web
    There was a delicate pattern of frost on the window
  3. Intended for use with fragile items.
    Set the washing machine to the delicate cycle
  4. Of weak health, easily sick.
  5. (informal) Unwell, especially because of having drunk too much alcohol.
    Please don't speak so loudly - I'm feeling a bit delicate this morning

Translations

  • Japanese: 繊細な、優美な、精緻
  • Norwegian: delikat
  • Polish: delikatny m.
  • Spanish: delicado (1, 2)
  • Telugu: సున్నితమైన (sunnitamaina)

Noun

Singular
delicate

Plural
s

delicate (s)
  1. (countable) A delicate item of clothing
    Don't put that in with your jeans, it's a delicate!
  2. (uncountable) Specifically underwear or lingerie.

Related terms


Italian

Adjective

delicate f.

  1. Feminine plural form of delicato.

Romanian

Adjective

delicate

  1. feminine plural nominative form of [[delicat#Template:lang:ro|delicat]].
  2. feminine plural accusative form of [[delicat#Template:lang:ro|delicat]].
  3. neuter plural nominative form of [[delicat#Template:lang:ro|delicat]].
  4. neuter plural accusative form of [[delicat#Template:lang:ro|delicat]].

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