great fastidiousness, overrefinement, or affectation, esp. in language
Origin of preciosityMiddle English preciousite ; from Middle French preciosité ; from Classical Latin pretiositas ; from pretiosus: see precious
- Overrefinement, as in language, taste, or style.
- An instance of overrefinement.
Origin of preciosityMiddle English preciousite, preciousness, from Old French preciosite, from Latin preti&omacron;sitas, from preti&omacron;sus, precious, from pretium, price; see precious.
(countable and uncountable, plural preciosities)