5made skilfully and with attention to the smallest details:
a plate with a delicate pattern of leaves
6a taste, smell, or colour that is delicate is pleasant and not strong:
The wine has a dry delicate flavour.
a delicate pink
➔indelicateWORD FOCUS: difficult WORD FOCUS: difficult difficult to do:hard, tough, challenging, daunting difficult and needing a lot of physical effort:tough, strenuous, back-breaking, gruelling, arduous, punishing difficult to deal with or talk about:tricky, awkward, delicate, sensitive, touchy words for describing a difficult person:awkward, trying words for describing difficult conditions:adverse, hostile ➔ See alsodifficultWORD FOCUS: weak WORD FOCUS: weak person:puny, feeble, weedyBritish English, frail, fragile, powerless, vulnerable thing:fragile, delicate, flimsy, rickety, badly made, jerry-built ➔ See alsoweak
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.