(?), a. [OF. precious, precius, precios, F. prcieux, L. pretiosus, fr. pretium price, worth, value. See Price.] 1. Of great price; costly; as, a precious stone. "The precious bane." Milton.
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2. Of great value or worth; very valuable; highly esteemed; dear; beloved; as, precious recollections.
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She is more precious than rules.
Prov. iii. 15.
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Many things which are most precious are neglected only because the value of them lieth hid.
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Also used ironically; as, a precious rascal.
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3. Particular; fastidious; overnice; overrefined. Cf. Prcieuse, Preciosity.
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Lest that precious folk be with me wroth.
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Elaborate embroidery of precious language.
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Precious metals, the uncommon and highly valuable metals, esp. gold and silver. -- Precious stones, gems; jewels.
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