Precious Definition

prĕshəs
adjective
Of great price or value; costly.
Webster's New World
Of high cost or worth; valuable.
Precious jewels.
American Heritage
Of great desirability; held in high esteem.
Precious rights.
Webster's New World
Highly esteemed; cherished.
Precious moments with the new baby.
American Heritage
Beloved; dear.
Webster's New World
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noun
One who is dear or beloved; a darling.
American Heritage
adverb
Very.
Webster's New World
Used as an intensive.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
preciously
pronoun

A surname, originating as a male or female nickname.

Wiktionary
A female given name.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Precious

Noun

Singular:
precious
Plural:
preciouses

Origin of Precious

  • 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

  • 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

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