From Middle English price (“price, prize, value, excellence”), borrowed from Old French pris, preis, from Latin pretium (“worth, price, money spent, wages, reward”); compare praise, precious, appraise, appreciate, depreciate, etc.
- prize (obsolete) [16th–19th c.]
- Rhymes: -aɪs
- (UK, US): enPR: prīs, IPA(key): /pɹaɪs/
- (Canadian raising): IPA(key): /pɹʌɪs/
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price (plural prices)
- The cost required to gain possession of something.
- 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 3, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.
- The cost of an action or deed.
- I paid a high price for my folly.
- Value; estimation; excellence; worth.
- 1827, [John Keble], The Christian Year: Thoughts in Verse for the Sundays and Holydays throughout the Year, volume (please specify |volume=I or II), Oxford, Oxfordshire: […] [B]y W. Baxter, for J. Parker; and C[harles] and J[ohn] Rivington, […], OCLC 1029642537:
- new treasures still, of countless price
- 1941, George Orwell, "The Lion and the Unicorn":
- It is difficult otherwise to explain the contradictions of [Chamberlain’s] policy, his failure to grasp any of the courses that were open to him. Like the mass of the people, he did not want to pay the price either of peace or of war.
- → Irish: praghas
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- (transitive) To determine the monetary value of (an item); to put a price on.
- (transitive, obsolete) To pay the price of; to make reparation for.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book I, canto ix:
- Thou damned wight, / The author of this fact, we here behold, / What iustice can but iudge against thee right, / With thine owne bloud to price his bloud, here shed in sight.
- (transitive, obsolete) To set a price on; to value; to prize.
- (transitive, colloquial, dated) To ask the price of.
- to price eggs
- price in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- price in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
price f (plural prici)