Definition of "delicate" []

  • Pleasing to the senses, especially in a subtle way: a delicate flavor; a delicate violin passage. (adjective)
  • Exquisitely fine or dainty: delicate china. (adjective)
  • Frail in constitution or health. (adjective)
  • Easily broken or damaged: a kite too delicate to fly. (adjective)
  • Marked by sensitivity of discrimination: a critic's delicate perception. (adjective)
  • Exquisite, fine, or subtle in quality, character, construction, etc (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Having a soft or fragile beauty (adjective)
  • (of colour, tone, taste, etc) pleasantly subtle, soft, or faint (adjective)
  • Easily damaged or injured; lacking robustness, esp in health; fragile (adjective)
  • Precise, skilled, or sensitive in action or operation (adjective)
  • Requiring tact and diplomacy (adjective)
  • Sensitive in feeling or manner; showing regard for the feelings of others (adjective)
  • Excessively refined; squeamish (adjective)
  • A delicacy; dainty (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "delicate" in a sentence
  • "All fine colouring, like fine drawing, is _delicate_; and so delicate that if, at last, you"
  • "It's interesting to note Fisher's use of the term "delicate balance" in reference to Tennessee Williams."
  • "That is what I call a delicate attention, dear master, and I thank you very much for it."