[prey-see-oo; French prey-syœ]


(of a man) overly fastidious or refined; precious; affected.

noun, plural pré·cieux [prey-see-oo z; French prey-syœ] /ˌpreɪ siˈʊz; French preɪˈsyœ/.

an affected or excessively fastidious man, as in dress, manner, or speech.

Nearby words

  1. prytaneum,
  2. prythee,
  3. przemyśl,
  4. przewalski's horse,
  5. précieuse,
  6. précis,
  7. préval,
  8. prévenance,
  9. prévert,
  10. prévost

Origin of précieux

1890–95; < French; literally, precious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019