The quality of being delicate. Something pleasing and appealing, especially a choice food. Fineness of appearance, construction, or execution; elegance: brushwork of great delicacy. Frailty of bodily constitution or health. Sensitivity of perception, discrimination, or taste; refinement. Sensitivity to the feelings of others; tact: phrased the apology with delicacy. Sensitivity to what is proper; propriety. Undue sensitivity to or concern with what may be considered offensive or improper; squeamishness: scenes that might offend a viewer's delicacy. The need for tact in treatment or handling: a topic of some delicacy. Sensitivity to very small changes; precision: the delicacy of a set of scales.