- Of great price; costly; as, a precious stone."The preciousbane." [Milton.]
- Of great value or worth; very valuable; highly esteemed; dear; beloved; as, precious recollections."She is more precious than rules." [Prov. iii. 15.]"Many things which are most precious are neglected only because the value of them lieth hid." [Hooker.]
- Particular; fastidious; overnice; overrefined. Cf. Précieuse Preciosity."Lest that precious folk be with me wroth." [Chaucer.]"Elaborate embroidery of precious language." [Saintsbury.]
Note: Also used ironically; as, a precious rascal.
Etymology: OF. precious precius precios, F. précieux, L. pretiosus, fr. pretium price, worth, value. See Price