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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pre·cious /ˈprɛʃəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·cious a.
 1. Of great price; costly; as, a precious stone. “The precious bane.”
 2. Of great value or worth; very valuable; highly esteemed; dear; beloved; as, precious recollections.
    She is more precious than rules.   --Prov. iii. 15.
    Many things which are most precious are neglected only because the value of them lieth hid.   --Hooker.
 Note: Also used ironically; as, a precious rascal.
 3. Particular; fastidious; overnice; overrefined. Cf. Précieuse, Preciosity.
    Lest that precious folk be with me wroth.   --Chaucer.
    Elaborate embroidery of precious language.    --Saintsbury.
 Precious metals, the uncommon and highly valuable metals, esp. gold and silver.
 Precious stones, gems; jewels.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for; "a
             cherished friend"; "children are precious"; "a
             treasured heirloom"; "so good to feel wanted" [syn: cherished,
              treasured, wanted]
      2: of high worth or cost; "diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and
         emeralds are precious stones"
      3: obviously contrived to charm; "an insufferably precious
         performance"; "a child with intolerably cute mannerisms"
         [syn: cute]
      adv : extremely; "there is precious little time left" [syn: preciously]