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Definitions of precious

  1. Preciousness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. (intensifier) extremely; "there is precious little time left" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for; "a cherished friend"; "children are precious"; "a treasured heirloom"; "so good to feel wanted" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. of high worth or cost; "diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Particular; fastidious; overnice; overrefined. Cf. Precieuse, Preciosity. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Of great price; costly; as, a precious stone. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Of great value or worth; very valuable; highly esteemed; dear; beloved; as, precious recollections. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Of great price or value; costly; very dear. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Of great price or worth: costly: highly esteemed: worthless, contemptible (in irony): (B.) valuable because of its rarity. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Costly; valuable; dear. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. Highly priced or prized. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Of great price; costly: of great value; highly valued; worthless, in irony. Precious metals, gold and silver. Precious stones, gems. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. Of great value; costly; highly esteemed; in irony, worthless. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for precious

  1. And what a precious treasure that is! – A Hungarian Nabob by Maurus Jókai
  2. Yes, those were two precious years, in which I learned to love passionately the beauty of the world! – Life on the Stage by Clara Morris
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