noun, plural pré·cieus·es [prey-see-oo z-iz; French prey-syœz] /ˌpreɪ siˈʊz ɪz; French preɪˈsyœz/.
Origin of précieuse
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Historical Examples of precieuse
To be a precieuse was in itself an evidence of good conduct.
We find here the code which ruled the Hotel de Rambouillet, and the very well-defined character of the precieuse.
There was Ninon; and there was Madame de Rambouillet; the one galante, the other precieuse.The Romance of Biography (Vol 2 of 2)
"pedantic woman, woman aiming at refined delicacy of language and taste" (1727), from French précieuse, noun use of fem. of précieux (see precious (adj.)); especially as lampooned in Molière's comedy "Les Précieuses ridicules" (1659).