DELICATE, adjective [Latin Connected with delight; to delight.]
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.
6. Pleasing to the senses; as a delicate flavor.
7. Fine; slender; minute; as a delicate thread.
8. That cannot be handled without injury or danger; that must be touched with care; as a delicate point or topic; a delicate question.
9. Composed of fine threads, or nicely interwoven; as a delicate texture; hence, soft and smooth to the touch; as delicate silk.
10. Tender; effeminate; not able to endure hardship; very impressible to injury; as a delicate frame or constitution.
11. Feeble; not sound or robust; as delicate health.
DELICATE, noun Any thing nice; a nicety.