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précieux

[prey-see-oo ; French prey-syœ] /ˌpreɪ siˈʊ; French preɪˈsyœ/
adjective
1.
(of a man) overly fastidious or refined; precious; affected.
noun, plural précieux
[prey-see-oo z; French prey-syœ] /ˌpreɪ siˈʊz; French preɪˈsyœ/ (Show IPA)
2.
an affected or excessively fastidious man, as in dress, manner, or speech.
Origin of précieux
1890-1895
1890-95; < French; literally, precious
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