[ 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.
(of a woman) marked by affectation or preciosity.
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Words nearby précieuse
precess, precession, precession of the equinoxes, pre-Christian, pre-Christmas, précieuse, précieux, precinct, precincts, preciosity, precious
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How to use précieuse in a sentence
We find here the code which ruled the Hotel de Rambouillet, and the very well-defined character of the precieuse.
The use of names was banished, and each was addressed as “ma chere” or “ma precieuse.”Lives of Celebrated Women|Samuel Griswold Goodrich
To be a precieuse was in itself an evidence of good conduct.
The poet Scarron speaks of her as "toute lumineuse, toute precieuse."
There was Ninon; and there was Madame de Rambouillet; the one galante, the other precieuse.The Romance of Biography (Vol 2 of 2)|Anna Jameson