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  • adjective
    [more ~; most ~]
    rare and worth a lot of money
    diamonds and other precious stones
    precious jewels/jewelry
    A precious metal is an expensive metal (such as gold) that is used especially for jewelry. - see also semiprecious
    very valuable or important :too valuable or important to be wasted or used carelessly
    We can save precious time by taking this shortcut.
    They were able to be together for only a few precious hours/days.
    precious resources
    greatly loved, valued, or important
    precious memories
    the family's most precious moments
    a very precious [=dearfriend
    US informal :having a very pleasing and usually youthful appearance or quality :cute
    Aren't those children precious?
    formal + disapproving :having a too careful, precise, or polite quality that seems false or annoying
    precious manners
    very or extremely
    She had precious little to say.
    There are precious few hours of sunlight left.