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Definition of PRECIOUS

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Precious \Pre"cious\, a. [OF. precious, precius, precios, F. pr['e]cieux, L. pretiosus, fr. pretium price, worth, value. See {Price}.]
     1. Of great price; costly; as, a precious stone. "The precious bane." --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. Of great value or worth; very valuable; highly esteemed; dear; beloved; as, precious recollections. [1913 Webster]

              She is more precious than rules.      --Prov. iii.
                                                    15. [1913 Webster]

              Many things which are most precious are neglected only because the value of them lieth hid. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Also used ironically; as, a precious rascal. [1913 Webster]

     3. Particular; fastidious; overnice; overrefined. Cf. {Pr['e]cieuse}, {Preciosity}. [1913 Webster]

              Lest that precious folk be with me wroth. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              Elaborate embroidery of precious language.
                                                    --Saintsbury. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     {Precious metals}, the uncommon and highly valuable metals, esp. gold and silver.

     {Precious stones}, gems; jewels.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

173 Moby Thesaurus words for "precious": Gongoresque, Gongoristic, Marinistic, absolute, admired, adored, affected, alembicated, angel, arrant, artful, artificial, babe, baby, baby-doll, beloved, beyond price, buttercup, cherished, cherub, chichi, chick, chickabiddy, choice, choosy, classical, complete, consummate, costly, crass, darling, dear, dearly beloved, deary, decided, definitive, doll, downright, duck, duckling, effete, egregious, elaborate, elaborated, elegant, esteemed, euphemistic, euphuistic, exact, expensive, exquisite, fastidious, favorite, finicky, flagrant, formalistic, fussy, glaring, golden, good as gold, goody good-good, goody-goody, gross, hallowed, held dear, high-priced, hon, honey, honey bunch, honey child, hyperelegant, idolized, inestimable, intolerable, invaluable, irreplaceable, la-di-da, lamb, lambkin, love, loved, lover, mannered, methodical, meticulous, mincing, namby-pamby, nice, of great price, orderly, ostentatious, out-and-out, outright, overdone, overelaborate, overelegant, overnice, overprecise, overrefined, particular, pedantic, perfect, persnickety, pet, petkins, picky, popular, positive, precieuse, precieux, precious heart, precise, precisian, precisianistic, precisionist, precisionistic, pretentious, priceless, pricey, prized, profound, pronounced, proper, punctilious, puristic, rank, rare, recherche, regular, revered, rich, scrupulous, shattering, shocking, showy, simpering, snookums, sophisticated, squeamish, stark, stark-staring, studied, sugar, superlative, surpassing, sweet, sweetheart, sweetie, sweetkins, sweets, the veriest, thorough, thoroughgoing, total, treasured, unbearable, unconscionable, undeniable, unequivocal, unmitigated, unnatural, unqualified, unrelieved, unspoiled, utter, valuable, valued, venerable, venerated, well-beloved, well-liked, white-haired, worthy

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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