Definitions: (1) great in significance or worth; (2) much esteemed; held close and considered dear; beloved; (3) great in price; costly

Derivation: Latin, “of great value”

So precious is a person’s faith in God, so precious; never should we harm that. Because He gave birth to all religions. — Saint Francis of Assisi [(born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone] (1181-1226) Founder of the Franciscan Order
• We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it. — John Winston Lennon (1940-1980) Revolutionary artist