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[pre-steezh, -steej] /prɛˈstiʒ, -ˈstidʒ/
reputation or influence arising from success, achievement, rank, or other favorable attributes.
distinction or reputation attaching to a person or thing and thus possessing a cachet for others or for the public:
The new discothèque has great prestige with the jet set.
having or showing success, rank, wealth, etc.
Origin of prestige
1650-60 for an earlier sense; < French (orig. plural): deceits, delusions, juggler's tricks < Latin praestīgiae juggler's tricks, variant of praestrīgiae, derivative from base of praestringere to blunt (sight or mind), literally, to tie up so as to constrict, equivalent to prae- pre- + stringere to bind fast; see stringent
Related forms
prestigeful, adjective
1. weight, importance.
1. disrepute. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prestige
  • At that time in India, being a chef meant being part of a low-pay, low-prestige occupation.
  • In recent years, studying abroad has grown in both prestige and popularity.
  • It's sad to learn that people just work for the money and prestige.
  • The so-called golden age of television was built on the work and prestige of Broadway playwrights.
  • Those wearing it were barred from even the slightest useful exertion, thus reinforcing the prestige of the ruling class.
  • Track and field titles, plus prestige, are up for grabs.
  • Surprisingly, the sheer volume of papers -- not the number of citations per paper -- was the best predictor of prestige.
  • But count me among the people who fail to understand the trend of reviving long-dead prestige brands.
  • Respect, prestige, and doing rewarding work are also primary factors.
  • More and more universities see football as the ticket to prestige and wealth.
British Dictionary definitions for prestige


high status or reputation achieved through success, influence, wealth, etc; renown
  1. the power to influence or impress; glamour
  2. (modifier): a prestige car
Word Origin
C17: via French from Latin praestigiae feats of juggling, tricks; apparently related to Latin praestringere to bind tightly, blindfold, from prae before + stringere to draw tight, bind
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Word Origin and History for prestige

1650s, "trick," from French prestige (16c.) "deceit, imposture, illusion" (in Modern French, "illusion, magic, glamour"), from Latin praestigium "delusion, illusion" (see prestigious). Derogatory until 19c.; sense of "dazzling influence" first applied 1815, to Napoleon.

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