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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British National Corpus

  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. Peter Drucker:

    The individual is the central, rarest, most precious capital resource of our society.

  2. Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU:

    The immorality and amorality reign in the hearts of the 'leaders' of the world, political and religious; from Vatican to Canterbury, and on through their subdivisions, and through the 'Holy Tribunal of The Inquisition', DBA now as The United Nations Security Council. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU As long as governments and religious leaders function in accordance with the daily prescribed rules of ERIS and ARES, PLUTO will be working full time, enjoying the smell of the holocaust of children on the four corners of the Earth. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU Blissed are the eyes that can scan the soul of words within their breath of meaning, and reveal the colors of their images with hues of understanding. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU The mind of a Poet is a creative engine of beauty, wonders and grace to diffuse love, harmony; to learn and to teach; to instruct and defend art and the language; and to stimulate intuition and imagination. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU Poets have written the most important facts and events of our planet, and of the universe. They have been the fountain of knowledge for historians in all fields of the human culture; for philologists, linguisticians, and grammarians; — mothers, fathers and guardians — of the languages, throughout the history of Mankind. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU A Poet may express her/his natural emotions, the intergalactic wonders, or serve as an interpreter for what is possible to exist, could have existed or exists around her/his perception. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU Friends are linked by the most powerful energy of the nature of the Human Race; the energy that is the sister of Motherhood; the energy of Friendship. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU A free thinker is one that acts self directed, and learns through resourceful thoughts; that questions everything, and knows the words she/he conveys. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU Know the words that You use, — for once they are used — they will identify the true picture of one's intelligence. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU Words are the vehicle of Soul’s creation, and the voice of one’s heart. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU Inspiration is a tourist in the artistic land of hard work. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU What makes the history of a Poet is not the number of pages written, but the number of souls inspired by her or his work. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU A poem is a spice for everyone’s cerebral diet; a sublime companion, always present to ignite one’s intellectual dynamo; and to prod the heart to pump beauty.— Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU A poem is a precious jar of perfume that needs to be packed accordingly. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU Words can have beauty and meaning, but when they are poetized, they have the meaning of beauty. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU A Poet paints with words, and writes with mathematized forms of geometric metaphors. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU Any one can learn mathematics, music and letters, and earn a Ph.D. in Poetics, but only a Poet can learn all that, and write with syllables of love and art. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU In English, as in any other language, there are rules that one must follow. In Poetry one must follow the language’s rules, and feel free to improve any branch of the poetic art; one has license to create around, change forms, styles and concepts, but one can never forget that there is no 'poetic license' to ignore the language and its principles. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU Let mankind understand the order of the planet./It’s time for all to gather and sow seed of justice,/Before time disallows use of tools to build ships/To rescue human children from deluge of blood! http://allpoetry.com/poem/6415503 — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU When we understand that we are the human race, there will be no places for Eris and Ares on this planet. — Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU

  3. Andrew Schneider:

    We hold in our hands, the most precious gift of all Freedom. The freedom to express our art. Our love. The freedom to be who we want to be. We are not going to give that freedom away and no one shall take it from us

  4. Anthony Thomas:

    My precious little girl is out there, and we have to bring her home.

  5. 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.

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