EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English deynte, from Old French deintié, from Latin dignitātem. Doublet of dignity.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈdeɪnti/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪnti

NounEdit

dainty (plural dainties)

  1. A delicacy (in taste).
  2. (obsolete) Esteem, honour.
  3. (Canada, Prairies and northwestern Ontario) A fancy cookie, pastry, or square, typically homemade, served at a social event (usually plural).
  4. (obsolete) An affectionate term of address.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)

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AdjectiveEdit

dainty (comparative daintier, superlative daintiest)

  1. (obsolete) Excellent; valuable, fine.
  2. Elegant; delicately small and pretty.
  3. Fastidious and fussy, especially when eating.

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ReferencesEdit

  • “dainty” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.