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A delicatessen is a type of business. The term entered English via German, meaning "delicacies" but is ultimately of French origin. The term delicatessen has different meanings in different countries. In Ireland and the United States, a delicatessen is often referred to informally as a deli.
In the United States, a delicatessen could be described as a synthesis of a fast-food restaurant and a grocery store. The delicatessen offers a wider and fresher menu than those found at chain fast food restaurants, rarely employing fry machines (except for chicken) and routinely preparing sandwiches to order.
A grocery store or supermarket may provide its own "deli" food, or even operate a delicatessen on site. Like a market, a delicatessen may also offer... more
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