Pronunciation: (del'i-ku-sē),[key] —n., —pl.-cies. 1. fineness of texture, quality, etc.; softness; daintiness: the delicacy of lace. 2. something delightful or pleasing, esp. a choice food considered with regard to its rarity, costliness, or the like: Caviar is a great delicacy. 3. the quality of being easily broken or damaged; fragility.
4. the quality of requiring or involving great care or tact: negotiations of great delicacy. 5. extreme sensitivity; precision of action or operation; minute accuracy: the delicacy of a skillful surgeon's touch; a watch mechanism of unusual delicacy. 6. fineness of perception or feeling; sensitiveness: the delicacy of the pianist's playing. 7. fineness of feeling with regard to what is fitting, proper, etc.: Delicacy would not permit her to be rude. 8. sensitivity with regard to the feelings of others: She criticized him with such delicacy that he was not offended. 9. bodily weakness; liability to sickness; frailty.
10. Ling.(esp. in systemic linguistics) the degree of minuteness pursued at a given stage of analysis in specifying distinctions in linguistic description.
11. Obs.sensuous indulgence; luxury.