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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This was the title of the cover page of the prestigious magazine, "The Economist" in its issue of 10/1/98.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • He had had nothing out of them—nothing of the prestigious or the desirable things of the earth, craved for by predatory natures.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • The "prestigious feat" of causing flowers to appear in winter was a common one.

  • These are some of the prestigious merits of the bicycle, though many more might be added.

    Hortus Vitae Violet Paget, AKA Vernon Lee
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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