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"
of high worth or cost
"diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones"
held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature
"a valued friend"; "precious memories"
obviously contrived to charm
"an insufferably precious performance"; "a child with intolerably cute mannerisms"
"there is precious little time left"
someone (or something) who is loved; a darling
used as an intensifier
There is precious little we can do.
of high value or worth, or seemingly regarded as such
regarded with love or tenderness.
treated with too much reverence.
contrived to be cute or charming
Origin: From precious, from precios, from pretiosus, from pretium; see price.
of great price; costly; as, a precious stone
of great value or worth; very valuable; highly esteemed; dear; beloved; as, precious recollections
particular; fastidious; overnice
Origin: [OF. precious, precius, precios, F. prcieux, L. pretiosus, fr. pretium price, worth, value. See Price.]
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
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. pretiosus—pretium, price.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'precious' in Adjectives Frequency: #717
The numerical value of precious in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of precious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.
It is true that liberty is precious. So precious that it must be rationed.
He was perfect last night, perfect this morning. And then … it’s just precious. Life is precious.
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.
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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Translations for precious
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- каштоўны, дарагіBelarusian
- скъп, ценен, скъпоцененBulgarian
- preciósCatalan, Valencian
- drahý, vzácný, drahocennýCzech
- wertvoll, kostbarGerman
- πολύτιμος, επιτηδευμένοςGreek
- lómhar, luachmharIrish
- prìseil, luachmhorScottish Gaelic
- क़ीमती, प्यारा, कीमतीHindi
- becses, drága, értékesHungarian
- adorato, prezioso, unicoItalian
- 大切, 貴重なJapanese
- асыл, гауһарKazakh
- 귀중한, 귀한Korean
- кымбаттуу, асылKyrgyz
- pretiosus, pretiosumLatin
- скап, скапоценMacedonian
- waardevol, kostbaarDutch
- drogi, drogocenny, cennyPolish
- драгоценный, дорогой, ценныйRussian
- drag, dragocen, драг, драгоценSerbo-Croatian
- drahý, vzácnySlovak
- i çmuarAlbanian
- қиматбаҳо, гаронбаҳоTajik
- มีประโยชน์, มีค่า, ล้ำค่าThai
- дорогий, коштовний, дорогоціннийUkrainian
- qimmat, qimmatbahoUzbek
- quý, quý báuVietnamese
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