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 pretiōsitās from pretiōsus precious from pretium price ; see precious .
(countable and uncountable, plural preciosities)