Dictionary.com

precious

[ presh-uhs ]
/ ˈprɛʃ əs /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: precious / preciouses on Thesaurus.com

adjective
noun
a dearly beloved person; darling.
adverb
extremely; very: She wastes precious little time.

OTHER WORDS FOR precious

3 darling, cherished.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of precious

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English preciose (from Old French precios), from Latin pretiōsus “costly, valuable,” equivalent to preti(um) “price, value, worth” (see price) + -ōsus-ous

synonym study for precious

1. See valuable.

OTHER WORDS FROM precious

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use precious in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for precious

precious
/ (ˈprɛʃəs) /

adjective
beloved; dear; cherished
very costly or valuable
held in high esteem, esp in moral or spiritual matters
very fastidious or affected, as in speech, manners, etc
informal worthlessyou and your precious ideas!
adverb
informal (intensifier)there's precious little left

Derived forms of precious

preciously, adverbpreciousness, noun

Word Origin for precious

C13: from Old French precios, from Latin pretiōsus valuable, from pretium price, value
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK