Learner's definition of DELICATE
[more delicate; most delicate]
1 a : easily broken or damaged b : easily injured, hurt, or made sick 2 a : attractive and made up of small or fine parts
b : very carefully and beautifully made
The fabric has a delicate floral print.
a small boy with delicate (facial) features
She has delicate hands. [=small and attractive hands]
3 : attractive because of being soft, gentle, light, etc. : pleasant or attractive in a way that is not too strong 4 : easily disturbed or upset
Many people struggle to maintain the delicate balance between work and family.
The violence in the film offended her delicate sensibilities.
The movie is not for delicate [=squeamish] people.
5 : requiring special care or skill : difficult to manage or do well
The doctor performed the delicate operation.
This is a delicate situation that needs to be handled carefully.
The situation calls for a very delicate approach.