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Definitions for precious
ˈprɛʃ əspre·cious

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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)

    extremely

    "there is precious little time left"

Wiktionary

  1. precious(Noun)

    someone (or something) who is loved; a darling

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

  2. precious(Adverb)

    used as an intensifier

    There is precious little we can do.

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

  3. precious(Adjective)

    of high value or worth, or seemingly regarded as such

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

  4. precious(Adjective)

    regarded with love or tenderness.

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

  5. precious(Adjective)

    treated with too much reverence.

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

  6. precious(Adjective)

    contrived to be cute or charming

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precious(adj)

    of great price; costly; as, a precious stone

    Etymology: [OF. precious, precius, precios, F. prcieux, L. pretiosus, fr. pretium price, worth, value. See Price.]

  2. Precious(adj)

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

    Etymology: [OF. precious, precius, precios, F. prcieux, L. pretiosus, fr. pretium price, worth, value. See Price.]

  3. Precious(adj)

    particular; fastidious; overnice

    Etymology: [OF. precious, precius, precios, F. prcieux, L. pretiosus, fr. pretium price, worth, value. See Price.]

Freebase

  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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  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  1. Alex
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    Karen
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    Veena
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Numerology

  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. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Speech to the graduating class at Harvard (1978):

    We have placed too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life.

  2. Kendrick Van Lion:

    Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession—their ignorance.

  3. Joel H. Hildebrand:

    The invention of IQ did a great disservice to creativity in education. ... Individuality, personality, originality, are too precious to be meddled with by amateur psychiatrists whose patterns for a 'wholesome personality' are inevitably their own.

  4. Purvi Raniga:

    Most precious gift we can give ourselves everyday is Self Confidence.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Talking wisely to the ignorant is throwing precious seeds to the desert sands!

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