pré•cieusePronunciation: (prā"sē-ooz'; Fr. prā-syœz'), [key]
—n., pl. -cieus•esPronunciation: (-sē-ooz'iz; Fr. -syœz'), [key]
one of the 17th-century literary women of France who affected an extreme care in the use of language.
an affected or pretentious woman, esp. one marked by preciosity in manner or speech.
(of a woman) marked by affectation or preciosity.
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