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, 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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How to say precious in sign language?

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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. 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.

  2. Vaughn Taylor:

    I made a lot of mistakes that day, just being careless, every time I go out there, I try not make the same mistakes and realize how precious life is.

  3. Homer:

    All strangers and beggars are from Zeus, and a gift, though small, is precious.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    In my childhood, we were taught by our parents to treat all elder women as mothers, and younger women as sisters. We were constantly coached to believe that women, just like men, are created in the image of God, and hence must be treated with dignity and respect. That teaching from childhood still remains close to my heart, regardless of time or place that I live in. I do hope that we continue to teach such precious thoughts to our children, empowering them to view and treat every woman with respect and dignity - as their own mother or sister or daughter, as God's divine image, and not as an object of desire to be ogled and fantasized about. In my view, real men are those who always treat women with dignity and respect.

  5. Paul Sweezy:

    The real danger from advertising is that it helps to shatter and ultimately destroy our most precious non-material possessions the confidence in the existence of meaningful purposes of human activity and respect for the integrity of man.

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