Precious meaning

prĕshəs
Of high cost or worth; valuable.

Precious jewels.

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The definition of precious is something of great value or that is greatly loved.

An example of precious is priceless jewelry.

An example of precious is your spouse.

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Highly esteemed; cherished.

Precious moments with the new baby.

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Dear; beloved.

A friend who is precious to me.

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Affectedly dainty or overrefined.

Precious mannerisms.

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One who is dear or beloved; a darling.
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Very great.

A precious liar.

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Used as an intensive.
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Thoroughgoing; unmitigated.

A precious mess.

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Of great price or value; costly.
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Of great desirability; held in high esteem.

Precious rights.

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Beloved; dear.
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Very fastidious, overrefined, or affected, as in behavior, language, etc.
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Very.
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Of high value or worth, or seemingly regarded as such.

The crown had many precious gemstones. This building work needs site access, and tell the city council that I don't care about a few lorry tyre ruts across their precious grass verge.

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Regarded with love or tenderness.

My precious daughter is to marry.

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(pejorative) Treated with too much reverence.

He spent hours painting the eyes of the portrait, which his fellow artists regarded as a bit precious.

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(pejorative) Contrived to be cute or charming.
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Someone (something) who is loved; a darling.
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Used as an intensifier.

There is precious little we can do.

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A surname, originating as a male or female nickname.
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A female given name.
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Origin of precious

  • Middle English from Old French precios from Latin pretiōsus from pretium price per-5 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English precious, from Old French precios (“valuable, costly, precious, beloved, also affected, finical"), from Latin pretiosus (“of great value, costly, dear, precious"), from pretium (“value, price"); see price.

    From Wiktionary