pre·​cious·​ly | \ ˈpre-shəs-lē How to pronounce preciously (audio) \

Definition of preciously

1 : in a precious manner
2 : precious

Examples of preciously in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This pandemic Christmas Eve has turned what should be a preciously scarce moment to spend time with her family into yet another daily instalment of her life as a widow who lives alone. Emilio Morenatti, ajc, "Virus magnifies the solitude for the elderly at Christmas," 25 Dec. 2020 Case in point: Prince George sported a preciously preppy striped sweater on an outing to the London Palladium with his parents and siblings. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Prince George Wore an Adorable Striped Sweater to an Appearance at the London Palladium," 11 Dec. 2020 But one of those preciously few moments of relative urban silence usually comes after a snowstorm. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Why is it so quiet after a snowstorm?," 28 Dec. 2019 The sandy shores of Hilton Head don’t attract many NFL coaches with preciously short summers. Andrew Krammer,, "A year after his death, ex-Dolphins coach Tony Sparano’s influence still being felt," 22 July 2019 Mimi is upbeat without being too perky, her voice soothing without being preciously hushed. Michele Parente,, "24 hours at Pechanga: Gambling, eating, pampering and yoga," 29 Apr. 2018 Australian folk blues zen master John Butler Trio is a preciously rare concert experience. Aaron Davis, sacbee, "Three to see: rockabilly royalty, Tesla axman, ‘Bourbon & Blues’ on tap in Sacramento area | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Mar. 2018 Word has been spreading since about the 8th century B.C., when the Greeks first showed up, and today the island is one of Italy’s main tourist magnets, packed with preciously restored villas and all-too-Googleable trattorias. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Mount Etna's Shadow, Catania Is Raw, Authentic Italy," 8 Feb. 2018 In a world filled with aspirational recipes and preciously staged photos, one cook finds that true comfort comes from replaying the same simple dinner...over and over and over again. Tamar Adler, Bon Appetit, "Everyone Should Have a House Meal," 24 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of preciously

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Preciously.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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