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

Definition of preciously

1 : in a precious manner

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 The four-minute clip is a satirical nod to nature documentaries like Planet Earth, but with preciously dressed men as the subject. Scott Christian, Esquire, "These Ridiculously Overdressed Guys Just Got the Mockumentary They Deserve," 15 June 2016 That’s the stuff, after all, that can lead a fashion house to treat a plastic bag with the reverence of a preciously beaded evening gown. Alexander Fury, New York Times, "Martin Margiela Comes Back Into the Spotlight (Not That He Ever Left)," 31 Mar. 2017 Still, notice how knowledge of the substance of Michael Flynn-Russia contacts remains preciously thin. The Hive, "New York’s Other Press-Hating, Fact-Bending Billionaire," 16 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of preciously

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Preciously.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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