|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (a.) Addicted to pleasure; luxurious; voluptuous; alluring.
2. (a.) Pleasing to the senses; refinedly agreeable; hence, adapted to please a nice or cultivated taste; nice; fine; elegant; as, a delicate dish; delicate flavor.
3. (a.) Slight and shapely; lovely; graceful; as, a delicate creature.
4. (a.) Fine or slender; minute; not coarse; -- said of a thread, or the like; as, delicate cotton.
5. (a.) Slight or smooth; light and yielding; -- said of texture; as, delicate lace or silk.
6. (a.) Soft and fair; -- said of the skin or a surface; as, a delicate cheek; a delicate complexion.
7. (a.) Light, or softly tinted; -- said of a color; as, a delicate blue.
8. (a.) Refined; gentle; scrupulous not to trespass or offend; considerate; -- said of manners, conduct, or feelings; as, delicate behavior; delicate attentions; delicate thoughtfulness.
9. (a.) Tender; not able to endure hardship; feeble; frail; effeminate; -- said of constitution, health, etc.; as, a delicate child; delicate health.
10. (a.) Requiring careful handling; not to be rudely or hastily dealt with; nice; critical; as, a delicate subject or question.
11. (a.) of exacting tastes and habits; dainty; fastidious.
12. (a.) Nicely discriminating or perceptive; refinedly critical; sensitive; exquisite; as, a delicate taste; a delicate ear for music.
13. (a.) Affected by slight causes; showing slight changes; as, a delicate thermometer.
14. (n.) A choice dainty; a delicacy.
15. (n.) A delicate, luxurious, or effeminate person.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
del'-i-kat, del'-i-kat-li (`edhen, `anogh; en truphe): "Delicate" usually an adjective, but once a substantive (Jeremiah 51:34 the King James Version). "He hath filled his belly (the Revised Version (British and American) "maw") with my delicates." the Revised Version (British and American) retains the word, but the American Standard Revised Version very properly has replaced it with "delicacies." In Sirach 30:18, the Revised Version (British and American) agatha, "good things." The adjective seems to have two meanings, though not easily distinguished:
(1) tenderly reared, and
(2) wanton or voluptuous. In Deuteronomy 28:54, 56 Isaiah 47:1 Jeremiah 6:2, "luxurious" or "daintily bred" would certainly be nearer the original than "delicate." "Delicate children" of Micah 1:16, the King James Version, is changed by the Revised Version (British and American) to "children of thy delight," i.e. beloved children, rather than children begotten in passion. The adverb "delicately" is employed in the same sense as the adjective (Lamentations 4:5 Luke 7:25). In the old English writers "delicate" is often used for voluptuous: "Dives for his delicate life to the devil went" (Piers Ploughman). The meaning of "delicately" (ma`adhan) in 1 Samuel 15:32 (the King James Version) is a real puzzle. The King James Version reads, "And Agag came unto him delicately," with a possible suggestion of weakness or fear. the American Standard Revised Version and the Revised Version, margin substitute "cheerfully." Others, by metathesis or change of consonants in the Hebrew word, translation "in bonds" or "fetters."
W. W. Davies
Delicate (32 Occurrences)
Matthew 11:8 But what went you out to see? a man delicately clothed? Those who have fair robes are in kings' houses. (Root in BBE DBY)
Luke 7:25 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are gorgeously dressed, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. (Root in WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS)
Luke 16:19 Now there was a certain man of great wealth, who was dressed in fair clothing of purple and delicate linen, and was shining and glad every day. (BBE)
Revelation 18:12 Gold, and silver, and stones of great price, and jewels, and delicate linen, and robes of purple and silk and red; and perfumed wood, and every vessel of ivory, and every vessel made of fair wood, and of brass, and iron, and stone; (BBE)
Revelation 18:14 And the fruit of your soul's desire has gone from you, and all things delicate and shining have come to an end and will never again be seen. (BBE)
Revelation 18:16 Saying, Sorrow, sorrow for the great town, she who was clothed in delicate linen, and purple, and red; with ornaments of gold and stones of great price and jewels! (BBE)
Revelation 19:8 And to her it was given to be clothed in delicate linen, clean and shining: for the clean linen is the righteousness of the saints. (BBE)
Revelation 19:14 And the armies which are in heaven went after him on white horses, clothed in delicate linen, white and clean. (BBE)
Genesis 49:20 Asher's bread is fat; he gives delicate food for kings. (BBE)
Exodus 31:4 To do all sorts of delicate work in gold and silver and brass; (BBE)
Deuteronomy 28:54 The man who is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children whom he has remaining; (WEB KJV JPS ASV WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Deuteronomy 28:56 The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not adventure to set the sole of her foot on the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE WBS YLT NAS RSV)
1 Chronicles 4:21 The sons of Shelah, the son of Judah: Er, the father of Lecah, and Laadah, the father of Mareshah, and the families of those who made delicate linen, of the family of Ashbea; (BBE)
Job 33:20 He has no desire for food, and his soul is turned away from delicate meat; (BBE)
Proverbs 19:10 Delicate living is not appropriate for a fool, much less for a servant to have rule over princes. (WEB ASV)
Proverbs 23:3 Have no desire for his delicate food, for it is the bread of deceit. (BBE)
Proverbs 23:6 Do not take the food of him who has an evil eye, or have any desire for his delicate meat: (BBE)
Song of Songs 5:11 His head is as the most delicate gold; his hair is thick, and black as a raven. (BBE)
Song of Songs 5:15 His legs are as pillars of stone on a base of delicate gold; his looks are as Lebanon, beautiful as the cedar-tree. (BBE)
Isaiah 3:19 The ear-rings, and the chains, and the delicate clothing, (BBE)
Isaiah 47:1 "Come down, and sit in the dust, virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, daughter of the Chaldeans: for you shall no more be called tender and delicate. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Isaiah 53:2 For his growth was like that of a delicate plant before him, and like a root out of a dry place: he had no grace of form, to give us pleasure; (BBE)
Jeremiah 6:2 The comely and delicate one, the daughter of Zion, will I cut off. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT RSV NIV)
Jeremiah 51:34 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out. (Root in KJV BBE DBY WBS)
Lamentations 4:5 Those who did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: Those who were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills. (Root in WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS)
Daniel 1:5 And the king appointed unto them a daily provision of the king's delicate food, and of the wine that he drank, to nourish them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. (DBY)
Daniel 1:8 And Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not pollute himself with the king's delicate food, nor with the wine which he drank; and he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not have to pollute himself. (DBY)
Daniel 1:13 then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the youths that eat of the king's delicate food: and as thou shalt see, deal with thy servants. (DBY)
Daniel 1:15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and were fatter in flesh than all the youths that ate of the king's delicate food. (DBY)
Daniel 1:16 So the steward took away their delicate food, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse. (DBY)
Daniel 11:26 And they that eat of his delicate food shall break him, and his army shall be dissolved; and many shall fall down slain. (DBY)
Micah 1:16 Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee. (KJV WBS)