precieuse

précieuse

[prey-see-ooz; French prey-syœz]
noun, plural précieuses [prey-see-ooz-iz; French prey-syœz] .
1.
one of the 17th-century literary women of France who affected an extreme care in the use of language.
2.
an affected or pretentious woman, especially one marked by preciosity in manner or speech.
adjective
3.
(of a woman) marked by affectation or preciosity.

Origin:
1720–30; < French; feminine of précieux; see -euse

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