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prestige

[pre-steezh, -steej] /prɛˈstiʒ, -ˈstidʒ/
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
1650-1660
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
Synonyms
1. weight, importance.
Antonyms
1. disrepute.
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British Dictionary definitions for prestigeful

prestige

/prɛˈstiːʒ/
noun
1.
high status or reputation achieved through success, influence, wealth, etc; renown
2.
  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 prestigeful

prestige

n.

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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