1. A shop that sells cooked or prepared foods ready for serving.
2. Ready-to-serve foods such as cheeses, cold cooked meats, and salads.
[German Delikatessen, from pl. of Delikatesse, delicacy, from French délicatesse, from Italian delicatezza, from delicato, delicate, dainty, from Latin dēlicātus, pleasing; see DELICATE.]
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