Spanish word of the week: precioso

precioso ADJECTIVE beautiful, lovely

Precioso has one meaning which is the same as precious in English. However, it’s much more often used in its other meaning of beautiful or lovely:

Llevaba puesto un precioso vestido de noche negro. She had on a beautiful black evening dress.

Tienen un niño precioso. They’ve got a lovely little boy.

In the meaning of precious it’s mainly used to refer to piedras preciosas, precious stones:

el contrabando de diamantes y piedras preciosas smuggling diamonds and precious stones

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