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Meaning of PRECIOUS

Pronunciation:  'preshus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  (intensifier) extremely; "there is precious little time left"
  2. [adj]  obviously contrived to charm; "an insufferably precious performance"; "a child with intolerably cute mannerisms"
  3. [adj]  characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for; "a cherished friend"; "children are precious"; "a treasured heirloom"; "so good to feel wanted"
  4. [adj]  of high worth or cost; "diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones"

PRECIOUS is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: artful, cherished, cute, loved, preciously, treasured, valuable, wanted



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pre"cious\, a.
    Particular; fastidious; overnice; overrefined. Cf.
    {Pr['e]cieuse}, {Preciosity}.
          Lest that precious folk be with me wroth. --Chaucer.
          Elaborate embroidery of precious language.
  2. \Pre"cious\, a. [OF. precious, precius, precios, F.
    pr['e]cieux, L. pretiosus, fr. pretium price, worth, value.
    See {Price}.]
    1. Of great price; costly; as, a precious stone. ``The
       precious bane.'' --Milton.
    2. Of great value or worth; very valuable; highly esteemed;
       dear; beloved; as, precious recollections.
             She is more precious than rules.      --Prov. iii.
             Many things which are most precious are neglected
             only because the value of them lieth hid. --Hooker.
    Note: Also used ironically; as, a precious rascal.
    3. Particular; fastidious; overnice. [Obs.]
             Lest that precious folk be with me wroth. --Chaucer.
    {Precious metals}, the uncommon and highly valuable metals,
       esp. gold and silver.
    {Precious stones}, gems; jewels.
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