Pleasing to the senses, especially in a subtle way: a delicate flavor; a delicate violin passage. Exquisitely fine or dainty: delicate china. Frail in constitution or health. Easily broken or damaged: a kite too delicate to fly. Marked by sensitivity of discrimination: a critic's delicate perception. Considerate of the feelings of others. Concerned with propriety. Squeamish or fastidious. Requiring tactful treatment: a delicate situation. Fine or soft in touch or skill: a surgeon's delicate touch. Measuring, indicating, or responding to very small changes; precise: a delicate set of scales. Very subtle in difference or distinction.