In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(valuable)(object/jewel) precioso(object/jewel) valiosísimocapture those precious moments with your camera — capte esos momentos tan preciados con su cámara fotográfica
- we lost precious time — perdimos tiempo precioso
- If we don't squander this precious space on parking, we could do all manner of interesting things on this site, which could be linked through foot and cycle tracks to the rest of Trowbridge.
- In fact, that's probably the most precious gift you can have.
- In this manner, not a precious square inch of area would be lost.
- In 1634, the desire to own the precious tulip was so great it directly affected the entire Dutch economy.
- One of the most beneficial meditations in Buddhism is to contemplate how fortunate we are to have this precious life.
- Which just goes to show that even money cannot stop time, the most precious of all commodities.
- I must say, it's sad in light of how precious mutual affection and great relationships are.
- You are precious in his sight, chosen and beloved from before time began.
- There are ways to change this practice and actually save precious resources over the long term.
- Instead, there appears to be a headlong rush to commit precious resources in a manner that could lead to disappointment and waste.
- Inside the red box was a diamond necklace, engraved with several other precious gems.
- This vitality is precious: through our behavior and life-style, we can either nourish or else dissipate it.
- The site borders the River Spey and residents are concerned that precious soakaway or catchment land will be removed, sending high waters flooding on to the new estates.
- The new thinking must be that human time is our most precious resource.
- The democracy of manners is a precious achievement.
- Along with the fund-raising came an even more critical search - a quest to find a contributor of something more precious than cash.
- Language is a precious element of cinema because it is a privileged element of mankind.
- I gasped in pain and let what little precious air I had left escape.
- An unpleasant manner can lose you precious business.
- When photocopied, photographs become ephemeral and therefore less precious.
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
- Then he loses a watch precious to his grandfather.
- ‘They are playing with the communities that are precious to me and they're playing with my life as a worker,’ he said.
- But, to be downright honest I am scared of losing the four to five people who are absolutely precious to me now and I really do not want to even imagine what life would be like once they move on.
- She could see the concerned look decorating her precious face.
- The further expansion of higher education in the 1960s made the prizes too precious to share.
- It was a view of the village from our home and was very precious to me, but now it is just a charred frame hanging on the wall.
- Our most precious heritage, our English language, is also suffering.
- AT THIS time of year the plants in our gardens are using every last drop of energy they've got to produce those last magnificent blooms that are so precious to gardeners.
- The results suggested a ragtag yard sale, but for the handwritten notes explaining why each object was so precious to the possessor.
- I will treat you with the utmost delicate care and concern, as if you were a precious flower.
- That relationship was extremely precious to her.
- How could anyone do this to his precious flower?
- When Nancy and I dated, I protected her as I would a delicate and precious flower.
- As the two lovers watched their most precious treasure, they couldn't help but grow crestfallen.
- Your eyes are precious to you… but they are only a ‘window’ for your soul.
- She said: ‘He was so precious to me and the thought that I might lose him… all I could do was cry, sit and cry.’
- The clothes he bought in America are precious to him.
- 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 know we can't go around as if ‘walking on egg shells’, but it would be a move in the right direction to confirm to our partner that they are still very precious to us.
- I wanted to have something precious to love and care for; it wasn't simply enough to be loved anymore.
1.3her precious son — su queridísimo hijo
- you can keep your precious ring — guárdate tu maldito anillo
- 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.
- I would like to offer my sincere apologies for wasting precious seconds of your life.
- Precious time can be saved if you get your mailing list in strict order.
2(affected)(person/manner/speech) preciosista(manner/speech/person) afectado
1informalprecious few — muy pocos
- she's done precious little to help — bien poco ha hecho para ayudar
1tesoro masculinethere, there, (my) precious, don't cry — vamos, no llores, (mi) tesoro
- Nothing in the musical treatment is contrived, pretentious or remotely precious.
- His art is refined but never precious, and the voice per se is simply ravishing.
- It is the most elegant and precious business card in the world.
- Forthrightness can override a too precious concern for complete accuracy.
- Detailing is refined but never precious, allowing the house to feel at once substantial and robust, light and refined.
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