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Definitions for precious
ˈprɛʃ əspre·cious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cherished, precious, treasured, wantedadjective

    characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for

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

  2. preciousadjective

    of high worth or cost

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

  3. valued, preciousadjective

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

    "a valued friend"; "precious memories"

  4. cute, preciousadverb

    obviously contrived to charm

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

  5. precious, preciouslyadverb


    "there is precious little time left"


  1. preciousnoun

    someone (or something) who is loved; a darling

  2. preciousadverb

    used as an intensifier

    There is precious little we can do.

  3. preciousadjective

    of high value or worth, or seemingly regarded as such

  4. preciousadjective

    regarded with love or tenderness.

  5. preciousadjective

    treated with too much reverence.

  6. preciousadjective

    contrived to be cute or charming

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PRECIOUSadjective

    Etymology: precieux, Fr. pretiosus, Lat.

    Many things, which are most precious, are neglected only because the value of them lieth hid. Richard Hooker.

    I cannot but remember such things were,
    That were most precious to me. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Why in that rawness left you wife and children,
    Those precious motives, those strong knots of love,
    Without leave taking? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I never saw
    Such precious deeds in one that promis’d nought
    But begg’ry and poor luck. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    These virtues are the hidden beauties of a soul, which make it lovely and precious in his sight, from whom no secrets are concealed. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Let none admire
    That riches grow in hell; that soil may best
    Deserve the precious bane. John Milton.

    More of the same kind, concerning these precious saints amongst the Turks, may be seen in Pietro della valle. John Locke.


  1. Precious

    Precious is a song by Annie Lennox. It was released as the second single from her debut solo album, Diva, in 1992 and peaked at number 23 in the UK. The B-side, Step by Step, was later covered by Whitney Houston for the soundtrack of her 1996 film, The Preacher's Wife, and became a top 10 hit. This track is unrelated to the B-Side track by Eurythmics of the same name.


  1. precious

    Precious generally refers to something that is highly valued, cherished, or considered of great importance. It can be used to describe something rare, valuable, or sentimental in nature, often associated with inherent beauty, uniqueness, or significance. Precious items or qualities are often treated with care, protection, and esteem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preciousadjective

    of great price; costly; as, a precious stone

  2. Preciousadjective

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

  3. Preciousadjective

    particular; fastidious; overnice

  4. Etymology: [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.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Precious is ranked #113155 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Precious surname appeared 155 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Precious.

    80.6% or 125 total occurrences were White.
    9.6% or 15 total occurrences were Black.
    6.4% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of precious in a Sentence

  1. Martin Luther:

    It is said that a nation is judged by how it treats its most precious resource. I believe our most precious resources are our children, we cannot rest until all the children are reunited with their loved ones and beyond that, we must work together to make sure all refugees are treated with dignity and respect in the future.

  2. Benjamin Disraeli:

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

  3. 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.

  4. Jessica Vaughan:

    It is extending the precious right and responsibility of voting, which should be available only to citizens who have pledged their allegiance to the United States of America. It extends that precious right to non-citizens who are here from other countries and it even extends the voting rights to people who are here illegally.

  5. Harry S Truman:

    Peace is precious to us. It is the way of life we strive for with all the strength and wisdom we possess. But more precious than peace are freedom and justice. We will fight, if fight we must, to keep our freedom and to prevent justice from being destroyed.

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    a central point or locus of an infection in an organism
    • A. profaneness
    • B. chin-wag
    • C. scalawag
    • D. nidus

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