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[pre-stij-uh s, -stij-ee-uh s, -stee-juh s, -stee-jee-uh s] /prɛˈstɪdʒ əs, -ˈstɪdʒ i əs, -ˈsti dʒəs, -ˈsti dʒi əs/
indicative of or conferring prestige:
the most prestigious address in town.
having a high reputation; honored; esteemed:
a prestigious author.
Origin of prestigious
1540-50; < Latin praestigiōsus full of tricks, deceitful, equivalent to praestigi(um) (see prestige) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
prestigiously, adverb
prestigiousness, noun
Can be confused
prodigious, prestigious.
1. distinguished. 2. respected, illustrious, notable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prestigious
  • Well, the prices are certainly prestigious.
  • In this case, the privilege has to do with spending a year in Paris as part of a prestigious high school study-abroad program.
  • His goal: to partner with prestigious language schools.
  • Being on the staff of the yearbook used to be considered prestigious: now only eight students show up for the job.
  • It is to their shame they do not impose more rigorous scientific standards in their once-prestigious publication.
  • They received an e-mail in December informing them that they had been accepted on the prestigious, $50000-a-year programme.
  • In the meantime, his passion for medical research gained him numerous prestigious appointments and awards.
  • The client was a prestigious hotel, and the setting was appropriately sumptuous.
  • I've known individuals who attended a less prestigious school in order to work with a big name in the field.
  • Professors seek prestigious careers, while funders and students seek prestige by association.
British Dictionary definitions for prestigious


having status or glamour; impressive or influential
(rare) characterized by or using deceit, cunning, or illusion; fraudulent
Derived Forms
prestigiously, adverb
prestigiousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for prestigious

1540s, "practicing illusion or magic, deceptive," from Latin praestigious "full of tricks," from praestigiae "juggler's tricks," probably altered by dissimilation from praestrigiae, from praestringere "to blind, blindfold, dazzle," from prae "before" (see pre-) + stringere "to tie or bind" (see strain (v.)). Derogatory until 19c.; meaning "having dazzling influence" is attested from 1913 (see prestige). Related: Prestigiously; prestigiousness.

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