delicacy
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delicacy(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (fineness)
a. la delicadeza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The statue was carved with the utmost delicacy.La estatua estaba tallada con la máxima delicadeza.
2. (choice food)
a. el manjar
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Boiled sheep's heads are a delicacy in South Africa.Las cabezas de oveja cocidas son un manjar en Sudáfrica.
b. la exquisitez
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Fried okra is considered a delicacy by many Americans.Muchos americanos consideran la ocra frita una exquisitez.
3. (difficulty)
a. lo delicado
Given the delicacy of the situation, I think we should hire a professional negotiator.Dado lo delicado de la situación, creo que deberíamos contratar a un negociador profesional.
4. (fragility)
a. la fragilidad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The delicacy of the jellyfish's tendrils belies the threat they present.La fragilidad de los tentáculos de la medusa oculta la amenaza que representan.
5. (tact)
a. la delicadeza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The candidate lacked delicacy in dealing with questions from reporters.Al candidato le faltó delicadeza al responder a las preguntas de los reporteros.
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delicacy
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (of situation)
a. la dificultad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (tact)
a. el delicadeza f, tacto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
3. (food)
a. la exquisitez
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
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delicacy [ˈdelɪkəsɪ]
noun
1 (fineness, subtlety) [of flavour, workmanship, instrument] delicadeza (f)
she was mammoth in all of her proportions - no curves, no grace, no delicacy a proud lady valued for her manners, delicacy and other refined social virtues The food we did get was absolutely delicious in its delicacy and subtlety The most surprising thing about eating sashimi is the delicacy of flavour they are handling that situation with sympathetic delicacy It needed great strength and delicacy of touch to do this
2 (fragility) [of china, person, balance] fragilidad (f)
the delicacy of the thin china There was character in her face, and strength despite a certain delicacy she looks, with her frail delicacy and childlike ingenuousness, as though she ought to be on an `at risk" register
3 (sensitivity, awkwardness) [of situation, problem] lo delicado
sensing the delicacy of the situation I tried to help him out by saying ...
a matter of some delicacy un asunto algo delicado
4 (tact) [of person, inquiry] delicadeza (f)
5 (special food) exquisitez (f); manjar (m) exquisito
the intestines are considered a great delicacy they stock a range of imported delicacies they used to serve such delicacies as roast lion and crocodile stew Madame Vial found a whole heap of forbidden delicacies under her mattress the Chinese are right when they class rat meat as a delicacy
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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