Translation of precious in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /ˈpreʃəs/


  • 1 1.1 (valuable) [jewel/object] precioso, valiosísimo capture those precious moments with your camera capte esos momentos tan preciados con su cámara fotográfica we lost precious time perdimos tiempo precioso
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    • One of the most beneficial meditations in Buddhism is to contemplate how fortunate we are to have this precious life.
    • The democracy of manners is a precious achievement.
    • An unpleasant manner can lose you precious business.
    1.2 (dear) queridoto be precious to sb this necklace is very precious to her le tiene mucho cariño a este collar your friendship is very precious to me tengo en gran estima tu amistad, valoro mucho tu amistad
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    • We were not rich, but we had a few bits of furniture and other treasures that were precious to us and we took as much as we could, including our piano.
    • I wanted to have something precious to love and care for; it wasn't simply enough to be loved anymore.
    • The results suggested a ragtag yard sale, but for the handwritten notes explaining why each object was so precious to the possessor.
    1.3 [ironic] her precious son su queridísimo hijo [irónico] you can keep your precious ring guárdate tu maldito anillo
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    • There may be precious little grace in these streets, but there's a precious lot of talent in these pages.
    • I spent my time doing chores and praying, leaving precious little time for friendships.
    • He tore it to shreds, leaving precious little of it intact.
  • 2 (affected) [manner/speech/person] preciosista, afectado
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    • It is the most elegant and precious business card in the world.
    • Detailing is refined but never precious, allowing the house to feel at once substantial and robust, light and refined.
    • Forthrightness can override a too precious concern for complete accuracy.


  • [colloquial/familiar] (as intensifier/como palabra enfática) precious few muy pocos, poquísimos she's done precious little to help bien poco ha hecho para ayudar


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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.