Definitions for preciousˈprɛʃ əs

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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 DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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.]

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  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.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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