Pronunciation: (del'i-kit),[key] —adj. 1. fine in texture, quality, construction, etc.: a delicate lace collar. 2. fragile; easily damaged; frail: delicate porcelain; a delicate child. 3. so fine as to be scarcely perceptible; subtle: a delicate flavor. 4. soft or faint, as color: a delicate shade of pink. 5. fine or precise in action or execution; capable of responding to the slightest influence: a delicate instrument. 6. requiring great care, caution, or tact: a delicate international situation. 7. distinguishing subtle differences: a delicate eye; a delicate sense of smell. 8. exquisite or refined in perception or feeling; sensitive.
9. regardful of what is becoming, proper, etc.: a delicate sense of propriety. 10. mindful of or sensitive to the feelings of others: a delicate refusal. 11. dainty or choice, as food: delicate tidbits. 12. primly fastidious; squeamish: not a movie for the delicate viewer. 13. Obs.sensuous; voluptuous.