delicate etymology

English word delicate comes from Latin deliciae (Beloved object. Darling, sweetheart. Delight, pleasure.)

Detailed word origin of delicate

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
deliciae Latin (lat) Beloved object. Darling, sweetheart. Delight, pleasure.
delicatus Latin (lat) (of a person) overly-luxurious, spoiled. Alluring, charming, delightful; voluptuous. Effeminate, spoilt with indulgence. Fastidious, scrupulous. Soft, tender, delicate.
delicat Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Delicate.
delicate English (eng) (informal) Unwell, especially because of having drunk too much alcohol.. (obsolete) Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.. Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes.. Characterized by a fine structure or thin lines.. Easily damaged or requiring careful handling.. Highly discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite.. Intended for use with [...]

Words with the same origin as delicate

Descendants of deliciae
deli delicacy