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précieuse

[ prey-see-ooz; French prey-syœz ]
/ ˌpreɪ siˈʊz; French preɪˈsyœz /
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noun, plural pré·cieus·es [prey-see-ooz-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.
adjective
(of a woman) marked by affectation or preciosity.
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Origin of précieuse

1720–30; <French; feminine of précieux; see -euse
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