- precession of the equinoxes,
- precious coral,
- precious few,
- precious metal,
- precious moonstone,
- precious opal
Origin of precious
Examples from the Web for precious
Being there teaches you to think quickly, edit yourself, and not get too precious about your own work.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
From a lyrical standpoint, there are precious few that can catch Kendrick.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Second, they threaten one of the most precious resources in our state: public education that is open to all children.Hunger Games Comes to New York State’s Public Schools|Zephyr Teachout|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The precious cargo: two American humanitarian workers with Ebola.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.|Abby Haglage|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are precious few large-scale, ambitious, original works.Christopher Nolan Uncut: On ‘Interstellar,’ Ben Affleck’s Batman, and the Future of Mankind|Marlow Stern|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was during this period of her life that she won a friendship quite as strong and quite as precious as that of old Grossetete.The Village Rector|Honore de Balzac
Genius is to other gifts what the carbuncle is to the precious stones.
I held up my precious book before him; I rapped the open page impressively with my forefinger.The Moonstone|Wilkie Collins
Everything that belongs to her, or is connected with her, is precious to me.The Personal History of David Copperfield |Charles Dickens
Last and most precious was the silver shilling, which she polished carefully with her chamois-skin pen-wiper before putting away.The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor|Annie Fellows Johnston
Word Origin for precious
mid-13c., from Old French precios "precious, costly, honorable, of great worth" (11c., Modern French précieux), from Latin pretiosus "costly, valuable," from pretium "value, worth, price" (see price (n.)). Meaning "over-refined" in English first recorded late 14c. In Johnson's day, it also had a secondary inverted sense of "worthless." Related: Preciously; preciousness.
"beloved or dear person or object," 1706, from precious (adj.).