Webster 1913 Edition
delicatuspleasing the senses, voluptuous, soft and tender; akin to
deliciaedelight: cf. F.
Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.
Dives, for his
delicatelife, to the devil went.
Haarlem is a very
Pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; hence, adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine; elegant;
Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful;
Fine or slender; minute; not coarse; – said of a thread, or the like;
Slight or smooth; light and yielding; – said of texture;
delicatelace or silk
Soft and fair; – said of the skin or a surface;
Light, or softly tinted; – said of a color;
Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; – said of manners, conduct, or feelings;
Tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; – said of constitution, health, etc.;
delicateand tender prince.
Requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical;
delicatesubject or question
There are some things too
delicateand too sacred to be handled rudely without injury to truth.
F. W. Robertson.
Of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.
Nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite;
delicateear for music.
Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes;
A choice dainty; a delicacy.
With abstinence all
A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.
All the vessels, then, which our
delicateshave, – those I mean that would seem to be more fine in their houses than their neighbors, – are only of the Corinth metal.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Of a fine texture; fine; soft; smooth; clear, or fair; as a delicate skin.
2.Nice; pleasing to the taste; of an agreeable flavor; as delicate food; a delicate dish.
3.Nice in perception of what is agreeable; dainty; as a delicate taste; and figuratively, nice and discriminating in beauty and deformity.
4.Nice; accurate; fine; soft to the eye; as a delicate color.
5.Nice in forms; regulated by minute observance of propriety, or by condescension and attention to the wishes and feelings of others; as delicate behavior or manners; a delicate address.