- prize (obsolete) [16th–19th c.]
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.
- 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.
- c. 1595–1596 (date written), William Shakespeare, “Loues Labour’s Lost”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene ii]:
- We can afford no more at such a price.
- 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.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Proverbs xxxi:10:
- Her price is far above rubies.
- 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:
- 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.
Terms derived from price (noun)
- → Irish: praghas
cost required to gain possession of something
cost of an action or deed
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price (third-person singular simple present prices, present participle pricing, simple past and past participle priced)
- (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, “Book I, Canto IX”, in The Faerie Queene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC:
- 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
determine or put a price on something
- price in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- price in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
From Old Church Slavonic притъча (pritŭča).
price f (plural prici)