Meaning of précieuse
Pronunciation: (prā"sē-ooz' Fr. prā-syœz'), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -cieus•es
- 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.