[ 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.

Origin of précieuse

1720–30; < French; feminine of précieux; see -euse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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