delicacy noun

1 rare and expensive type of food

ADJ. great | exotic, rare | local Have you tried any of the local delicacies?

VERB + DELICACY be considered The eggs of this bird are considered a great delicacy. | sample, try

2 care and sensitivity/requiring care and sensitivity

ADJ. extreme, great, utmost He handled the situation with extreme delicacy.

PREP. with ~ These objects are very old and should be treated with great delicacy.

PHRASES a matter of (some) delicacy

3 lightness and gentleness

ADJ. exquisite the exquisite delicacy of the embroidery