from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An affected woman of polite society, esp. one of the literary women of the French salons of the 17th century. See aslo preciosity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman who is affectedly fastidious in language or taste; a woman who is over-refined: from the title of Molière's “Les précieuses ridicules.”


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