pré·​cieux prā-ˈsyœ How to pronounce précieux (audio)
variants or précieuse

Word History


French précieux, masculine, & précieuse, feminine, literally, precious, from Middle French precios

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of précieux was in 1785

Dictionary Entries Near précieux

Cite this Entry

“Précieux.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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