Definition of précieuse in English:

précieuse

noun

depreciative
  • A person, especially a woman, aspiring to or affecting a refined delicacy of language and taste; an over-refined or absurdly fastidious woman.

adjective

depreciative
  • Over-refined; affectedly fastidious in taste and language.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Flecknoe (c1605–?1677), poet and playwright. From French précieuse, † prétieuse refined woman, woman affecting refinement, use as noun of the feminine of précieux precious, popularized by Molière in Les précieuses ridicules, a comedy which satirizes the ladies frequenting the literary salons of Paris in the mid 17th cent.

Pronunciation

précieuse

/prɛsˈjəːz/