Definition of deli in English:

deli

noun

informal
  • short for delicatessen
    • ‘The pedestrian-oriented commercial areas they left us lend themselves to neighbourhood produce shops, bakeries, delis and cafés.’
    • ‘The gossamer-thin spring-roll pastry can be bought from Oriental food stores and some speciality food halls and delis.’
    • ‘I'm a city girl who loves Thai takeout, and I usually buy my wine from the corner deli.’
    • ‘Then he just turned around and walked west, to where a couple of blocks down was a supermarket, and several delis.’
    • ‘Every couple of blocks has its own deli, grocery, laundromat, coffee shop and so on.’
    • ‘It's home to a cornucopia of delis, gourmet stores, boutiques and cosy little restaurants.’
    • ‘Fresh olives are available in delis, supermarkets, farmers markets.’
    • ‘We huddled together, on our landings, in the laundromat, at the corner deli.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, organic food has gone from farmers' markets to delis in west London, with organic supermarkets in the smartest parts of town.’
    • ‘You can only buy that in Italian delis and pork stores.’
    • ‘Now they are devising plans for further investment in the chilled food factory which supplies distributors to bakeries, delis and sandwich shops.’
    • ‘Jars of truffle paste are available in good delis and in selected supermarkets.’
    • ‘A lot of grocery stores and delis were closed, and therefore, nobody could get anything to eat or drink, for that matter.’
    • ‘These areas have become known as the focal point for the prosperous and wealthy, due to the services on offer such as schools, shops and delis.’
    • ‘Buying fresh bread, hot out of the oven, now appears as a luxurious exercise only possible in expensive delis or 24 hour shops with pretensions above their station.’
    • ‘It stands in a typical mixed Manhattan neighbourhood: on the next block are kosher delis and bagels shops.’
    • ‘The range of food will also be expanded with a new salad bar, chicken rotisserie and an enlarged deli, bakery and fish and meat counter.’
    • ‘The stores, delis and hairdressing shops underneath the elevated subway tracks were humming with shoppers, a very lively neighbourhood.’
    • ‘It turns out that we have much the same food shopping trail, using the same delis, grocers and supermarkets.’
    • ‘Shops, supermarkets and delis could also play a role in supporting farmhouse cheeses by displaying and promoting them better than they do at present.’

Pronunciation

deli

/ˈdɛli/