Definition of preciosity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌpreʃiˈɒsɪti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpreʃiˈɑːsɪti//
; BrE BrE//ˌpresiˈɒsɪti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpresiˈɑːsɪti//
[uncountable] (disapproving)
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the quality of being precious (5) synonym preciousness Word Originmid 19th cent.: suggested by French préciosité, a sense derived from Molière's Les Précieuses Ridicules (1659), a comedy in which ladies going to the literary salons of Paris were satirized.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: preciosity