[ prey-see-oo z; French prey-syœz ]
/ ˌpreɪ siˈʊz; French preɪˈsyœz /

noun, plural pré·cieus·es [prey-see-oo z-iz; French prey-syœz] /ˌpreɪ siˈʊz ɪz; French preɪˈsyœz/.

one of the 17th-century literary women of France who affected an extreme care in the use of language.
an affected or pretentious woman, especially one marked by preciosity in manner or speech.


(of a woman) marked by affectation or preciosity.



Punctuation marks help make writing easy to read and understand. Some of the most important ones are the period (.), comma (,), question mark (?), and exclamation point (!). How well do you know how to use them? Find out in this quiz!
Question 1 of 10
Which punctuation mark is best for this sentence? "Can I watch a movie __"

Origin of précieuse

1720–30; < French; feminine of précieux; see -euse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for precieuse