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priceless

[prahys-lis]
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adjective
  1. having a value beyond all price; invaluable: a priceless artwork.
  2. delightfully amusing or absurd: a priceless anecdote.
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Origin of priceless

First recorded in 1905–10; price + -less
Related formsprice·less·ness, noun

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Related Words

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  • There is no one so humble, but that he owes to others this simple but priceless instruction.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • He was prepared to meet dazzling wonders of gems or priceless metal.

    Salvage in Space

    John Stewart Williamson

  • You'll have to pay for somethin' that's priceless, and how are you goin' to do that?

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Talked about 'old family glass' and 'priceless airloons' or some such.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Tables, divans, and rugs of priceless design and workmanship.


British Dictionary definitions for priceless

priceless

adjective
  1. of inestimable worth; beyond valuation; invaluable
  2. informal extremely amusing or ridiculous
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Derived Formspricelessly, adverbpricelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for priceless

adj.

"having a value beyond price," 1590s, from price (n.) + -less. Colloquial sense of "delightful" attested from 1907. Related: Pricelessly; pricelessness.

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