[sem-ee-presh-uh s, sem-ahy-]


(of a stone) having commercial value as a gem but not classified as precious, as the amethyst or garnet.

Origin of semiprecious

First recorded in 1885–90; semi- + precious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for semiprecious



(of certain stones) having commercial value, but less than a precious stone
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Word Origin and History for semiprecious

also semi-precious, 1818, from semi- + precious (adj.).

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