Definitions for preciousˈprɛʃ əs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•ciousˈprɛʃ əs(adj.)

  1. of high price or great value:

    precious metals.

  2. highly esteemed for some nonmaterial quality:

    precious memories.

  3. dear; beloved:

    a precious child.

  4. designating a stone or crystal, esp. a diamond, ruby, sapphire, or emerald, valued as rare and beautiful, used in jewelry.

    Category: Jewelry

  5. affectedly or excessively refined.

  6. flagrant; gross:

    a precious fool.

  7. (n.)a dearly beloved person; darling.

  8. (adv.)extremely; very:

    We have precious little time.

Origin of precious:

1250–1300; ME preciose (< OF precios) < L pretiōsus costly, valuable =preti(um)price , value +-ōsus -ous


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. precious(adjective)ˈprɛʃ əs

    (of a supply) very important and likely to be used up

    in the desert where water is precious; Don't waste precious resources.

  2. preciousˈprɛʃ əs

    special and deeply loved

    my precious boy; precious memories

  3. preciousˈprɛʃ əs

    valuable and rare

    precious metals

  4. precious(adverb)ˈprɛʃ əs

    emphasizes how little or few of sth there are

    She has precious little money to spend on luxuries.


  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


  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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of great value

precious jewels.

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