What does precious mean?

Definitions for precious
ˈprɛʃ əspre·cious

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word precious.

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

    extremely

    "there is precious little time left"

Wiktionary

  1. preciousnoun

    someone (or something) who is loved; a darling

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

  2. preciousadverb

    used as an intensifier

    There is precious little we can do.

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

  3. preciousadjective

    of high value or worth, or seemingly regarded as such

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

  4. preciousadjective

    regarded with love or tenderness.

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

  5. preciousadjective

    treated with too much reverence.

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

  6. preciousadjective

    contrived to be cute or charming

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preciousadjective

    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. Preciousadjective

    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. Preciousadjective

    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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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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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. Steve Wozniak:

    Back then, when you bought electronic things like TVs and radios, every bit of the circuits and designs were included on paper. Total open source, if you know what you're doing... you could repair a lot of things at low cost. But it's even more precious to know that you did it yourself.

  2. Kim Gang-lip:

    I don't think of this as an April Fool's prank...I wanted to tell you that protecting yourself is protecting the precious people around you.

  3. Keya Morgan:

    Stan Lee's feeling a lot better because Stan Lee feels now Stan Lee's on a road to regaining what's Stan Lee, stan Lee would never want anyone to have Stan Lee most precious possession, which is Stan Lee identity.

  4. Patrick Morrisey:

    While we’re obviously disappointed by the court’s decision, we maintain our strong belief that life is precious and must be defended at every stage, that includes safeguarding unborn children from pain, while also protecting the life of the mother. We will review the court’s decision and consider potential options.

  5. Luke Bryan:

    I have FaceTimed on set with Katy's precious daughterDasiy Dove, but I haven't been able to do the baby fat, pinching the cheeks stuff yet.

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