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precious

[presh-uh s] /ˈprɛʃ əs/
adjective
1.
of high price or great value; very valuable or costly:
precious metals.
2.
highly esteemed for some spiritual, nonmaterial, or moral quality:
precious memories.
3.
dear; beloved:
a precious child.
4.
affectedly or excessively delicate, refined, or nice:
precious manners.
5.
flagrant; gross:
a precious fool.
noun
6.
a dearly beloved person; darling.
adverb
7.
extremely; very:
She wastes precious little time.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English preciose (< Old French precios) < Latin pretiōsus costly, valuable, equivalent to preti(um) price, value + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
preciously, adverb
preciousness, noun
nonprecious, adjective
nonpreciously, adverb
nonpreciousness, noun
unprecious, adjective
unpreciously, adverb
unpreciousness, noun
Synonyms
1. See valuable. 3. darling, cherished.
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Examples for precious
  • All of those things are valued for their taste, and are precious because of it.
  • In addition, they will have to be cheaper: requiring the precious metal platinum would make them expensive.
  • We took a look at three of our favorite bag makers to see which model was best for porting precious payloads across campus.
  • Townships plagued by flooding could gain precious time to make preparations.
  • As in many areas of the West, water is precious ― a limited commodity.
  • Luckily, portable hard drives have begun to take the mind-numbing tedium out of copying your precious files.
  • The precious is the best and can let us feel noble whose desire lurks in our heart.
  • Despite being misnamed, it remains a precious holiday ingredient.
  • In a small business, every dollar is precious, so spend your funds wisely.
  • In fact, there seem never to have been any precious metals at the site.
British Dictionary definitions for precious

precious

/ˈprɛʃəs/
adjective
1.
beloved; dear; cherished
2.
very costly or valuable
3.
held in high esteem, esp in moral or spiritual matters
4.
very fastidious or affected, as in speech, manners, etc
5.
(informal) worthless you and your precious ideas!
adverb
6.
(informal) (intensifier) there's precious little left
Derived Forms
preciously, adverb
preciousness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French precios, from Latin pretiōsus valuable, from pretium price, value
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Word Origin and History for precious
precious
late 13c., from O.Fr. precios (11c., Fr. précieux), from L. pretiosus "costly, valuable," from pretium "value, worth, price" (see price). Meaning "over-refined" first recorded c.1395. Precieuse "a woman aiming at refined delicacy of language and taste" (1727) is from Fr. précieuse, noun use of fem. of précieux, especially as lampooned in Molière's comedy "Les Précieuses ridicules" (1659).
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