prestige

[pre-steezh, -steej]
noun
1.
reputation or influence arising from success, achievement, rank, or other favorable attributes.
2.
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.
adjective
3.
having or showing success, rank, wealth, etc.

Origin:
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

prestigeful, adjective


1. weight, importance.


1. disrepute.
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prestige (prɛˈstiːʒ)
 
n
1.  high status or reputation achieved through success, influence, wealth, etc; renown
2.  a.  the power to influence or impress; glamour
 b.  (modifier) : a prestige car
 
[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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prestige
1650s, "trick," from Fr. prestige (16c.) "deceit, imposture, illusion" (in Mod.Fr., "illusion, magic, glamor"), from L. praestigium "delusion, illusion" (see prestigious). Derogatory until 19c.; sense of "dazzling influence" first applied 1815, to Napoleon.
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Example sentences
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.
But count me among the people who fail to understand the trend of reviving long-dead prestige brands.
It's sad to learn that people just work for the money and prestige.
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