What does precious mean?

Definitions for preciousˈprɛʃ əs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word precious.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cherished, precious, treasured, wanted(adj)

    characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for

    "a cherished friend"; "children are precious"; "a treasured heirloom"; "so good to feel wanted"

  2. precious(adj)

    of high worth or cost

    "diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones"

  3. valued, precious(adj)

    held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature

    "a valued friend"; "precious memories"

  4. cute, precious(adverb)

    obviously contrived to charm

    "an insufferably precious performance"; "a child with intolerably cute mannerisms"

  5. precious, preciously(adverb)


    "there is precious little time left"


  1. precious(Noun)

    someone (or something) who is loved; a darling

  2. precious(Adverb)

    used as an intensifier

    There is precious little we can do.

  3. precious(Adjective)

    of high value or worth, or seemingly regarded as such

  4. precious(Adjective)

    regarded with love or tenderness.

  5. precious(Adjective)

    treated with too much reverence.

  6. precious(Adjective)

    contrived to be cute or charming

  7. Origin: From precious, from precios, from pretiosus, from pretium; see price.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precious(adj)

    of great price; costly; as, a precious stone

  2. Precious(adj)

    of great value or worth; very valuable; highly esteemed; dear; beloved; as, precious recollections

  3. Precious(adj)

    particular; fastidious; overnice

  4. Origin: [OF. precious, precius, precios, F. prcieux, L. pretiosus, fr. pretium price, worth, value. See Price.]


  1. Precious

    Precious were a British girl group, comprising Louise Rose, Anya Lahiri, Sophie McDonnell, Kalli Clark-Sternberg and Jenny Frost. They first achieved fame as the UK's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest and went on to become a moderately popular act until the group disbanded in 2000.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Precious

    presh′us, adj. of great price or worth: costly: highly esteemed: worthless, contemptible (in irony): fastidious, overnice: (coll.) considerable: (B.) valuable because rare.—adv. (coll.) extremely.—n. Precios′ity, fastidiousness, affected overrefinement.—adv. Prec′iously.—ns. Prec′ious-met′al, a metal of great value, as gold or silver; Prec′iousness; Prec′ious-stone, a stone of value and beauty for ornamentation: a gem or jewel. [O. Fr. precios (Fr. précieux)—L. pretiosuspretium, price.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'precious' in Adjectives Frequency: #717


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of precious in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of precious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Benjamin Disraeli:

    Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.

  2. Vladimir Lenin:

    It is true that liberty is precious. So precious that it must be rationed.

  3. Police Chief Robert Luna:

    To take a precious child from home, throw her in a dumpster like a piece of trash, is something only a very heartless person would do.

  4. Janet Garner:

    I can’t walk on the beach with them … I just can’t do it. And I just hope they’re going to be OK. It’s hard. They’re precious.

  5. Pastor Lim:

    I have realized so keenly how valuable my family is, how precious it is to me, family is a precious gift from God. I would like to tell my family I love them so much.

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