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

 

preciosity

 noun
noun
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 Origin mid 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.
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