E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Précieuses Ridicules (in Molières comedy so called).
Aminte and Polixène, who assume the airs of the Hôtel de Rambouillet, a coterie of savants of both sexes in the seventeenth century. The members of this society were termed précieusesi.e. persons of distinguished meritand the précieuses ridicules means a ridiculous apeing of their ways and manners.