precious


precious
precious (adj.) late 13c., from O.Fr. precios (11c., Mod.Fr. précieux), from L. pretiosus "costly, valuable," from pretium "value, worth, price" (see PRICE (Cf. price)). Meaning "over-refined" first recorded late 14c. Precieuse "a woman aiming at refined delicacy of language and taste" (1727) is from Fr. précieuse, noun use of fem. of précieux, especially as lampooned in Molière's comedy "Les Précieuses ridicules" (1659).

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