Definitions for preciousˈprɛʃ əs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
of high price or great value:
highly esteemed for some nonmaterial quality:
a precious child.
designating a stone or crystal, esp. a diamond, ruby, sapphire, or emerald, valued as rare and beautiful, used in jewelry.
affectedly or excessively refined.
a precious fool.
(n.)a dearly beloved person; darling.
We have precious little time.
Origin of precious:
1250–1300; ME preciose (< OF precios) < L pretiōsus costly, valuable =preti(um)price , value +-ōsus -ous
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
(of a supply) very important and likely to be used up
in the desert where water is precious; Don't waste precious resources.
special and deeply loved
my precious boy; precious memories
valuable and rare
emphasizes how little or few of sth there are
She has precious little money to spend on luxuries.
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
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
Rank popularity for the word 'precious' in Adjectives Frequency: #717
Translations for precious
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
of great value
- preciosoPortuguese (BR)
- tak ternilai, sangat berhargaIndonesian
- dārgs; vērtīgsLatvian
- sangat berhargaMalay
- kostbar, verdifull; elsketNorwegian
- ګران، با ارزښتPashto
- dyrbar, värdefullSwedish
- çok değerliTurkish
- 寶貴的Chinese (Trad.)
- дорогоцінний, коштовнийUkrainian
- quý giáVietnamese
- 宝贵的Chinese (Simp.)
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