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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

    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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  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. Police Chief Robert Luna:

    To take a precious child from home, throw her in a dumpster like a piece of trash, is something only a very heartless person would do.

  2. William E. Channing:

    It is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds, and these invaluable means of communication are in the reach of all. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.

  3. Peter Singer:

    $177 billion is a big pay cheque that the world is missing out on - about half a percentage point of GDP of these countries, we have to stop wasting the world's most precious economic and social asset and ensure children thrive.

  4. Brittney Powell:

    It was not an easy road, but it was not one I would trade because now I realize how precious everything is— that you can’t take a healthy baby for granted.

  5. Oscar Wilde:

    Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.

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