Definition of delicatessen in English:



  • A shop selling cooked meats, cheeses, and unusual or foreign prepared foods.

    • ‘Many supermarkets, butcher shops, delicatessens and gourmet food stores spit-roast chickens right on the premises.’
    • ‘Its central streets boast an eclectic mix of gift shops, boutiques, delicatessens, old-style butchers and bakers plus a high-quality art gallery and fantastic bookshop.’
    • ‘Born and educated in Wales, she came to Edinburgh in 1985 to study chartered accountancy at Napier University, baking products to sell to delicatessens to fund her studies.’
    • ‘They can be found in health and wholefood shops, and some delicatessens and supermarkets.’
    • ‘We also supply lots of local delicatessens farm shops and we also trade at farmers markets.’
    • ‘Food shops, butchers, bakers, delicatessens and chocolatiers will also be there, promoting the finest produce from England's biggest and most diverse food region.’
    • ‘Patisseries, delicatessens, cafés, boulangeries and newsagents fully operational by 6.30 am and still going strong at nine at night.’
    • ‘Bastille Day at the Buffet is a full-day feast of fine wines, fine cheeses, fresh baguettes, escargot and delicatessens that make the mouth water.’
    • ‘The brothers plan to market the new pies across the region through delicatessens, farm shops and butchers' shops, and at food events and agricultural shows across the country.’
    • ‘As tastes for more exotic and specialist foods become more commonplace - the delicatessens that brought them here originally are going out of business.’
    • ‘Most of us really now only come across them in the form of Membrillo, the Spanish quince paste which is so excellent with cheese and found in most good delicatessens.’
    • ‘We may produce much first-rate food, but there are few really good delicatessens.’
    • ‘I have already mentioned the Covered Market with its interesting boutiques, array of eating establishments, delicatessens and florists.’
    • ‘Much of that new spending will be on personal luxuries, with a growth in gourmet delicatessens, luxury coffee bars and designer boutiques.’
    • ‘In delicatessens, it is customary to offer sample tastes of foods as part of the exchange process.’
    • ‘However, the traditional herb cheese made with a species of wild garlic gathered in the mountains is as popular as ever, and can be found in delicatessens in Turkey's major cities.’
    • ‘Close to Stockbridge with its excellent range of delicatessens, eateries and boutiques, the apartments are also well-placed for supermarkets.’
    • ‘Mixed in with the towering mansion blocks are a veritable bevy of posh cafés and delicatessens with plenty of pavement for sitting outside even in these autumn months.’
    • ‘The famed preserved lemons can be found in many delicatessens.’
    • ‘It is available in good delicatessens throughout the state.’


Late 19th century (originally US, denoting prepared foods for sale): from German Delikatessen or Dutch delicatessen, from French délicatesse ‘delicateness’, from délicat (see delicate).