pre·​ci·​os·​i·​ty ˌpre-shē-ˈä-sə-tē How to pronounce preciosity (audio)
plural preciosities
: fastidious refinement
: an instance of preciosity

Examples of preciosity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nudity and fashion become virtual emblems here, signaling the purity, fragility and preciosity of the subject. Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of preciosity was in 1866

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“Preciosity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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