Dain·ty n.; pl. Dainties
1. Value; estimation; the gratification or pleasure taken in anything. [Obs.]
I ne told no deyntee of her love. --Chaucer.
2. That which is delicious or delicate; a delicacy.
That precious nectar may the taste renew
Of Eden's dainties, by our parents lost. --Beau. & Fl.
3. A term of fondness. [Poetic]
Syn: -- Dainty, Delicacy.
Usage: These words are here compared as denoting articles of food. The term delicacy as applied to a nice article of any kind, and hence to articles of food which are particularly attractive. Dainty is stronger, and denotes some exquisite article of cookery. A hotel may be provided with all the delicacies of the season, and its table richly covered with dainties.
I mean of taste, sight, smell, herbs, fruits, and flowers,
Walks and the melody of birds. --Milton.
[A table] furnished plenteously with bread,
And dainties, remnants of the last regale. --Cowper.