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prestigious

[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/
adjective
1.
indicative of or conferring prestige:
the most prestigious address in town.
2.
having a high reputation; honored; esteemed:
a prestigious author.
Origin
1540-1550
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.
Synonyms
1. distinguished. 2. respected, illustrious, notable.
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Word Origin and History for prestigiously
prestigious
1540s, "practicing illusion or magic, deceptive," from L. praestigious "full of tricks," from praestigiae "juggler's tricks," probably altered by dissimilation from praestringere "to blind, blindfold, dazzle," from prae- "before" + stringere "to tie or bind" (see strain (v.)). Derogatory until 19c.; meaning "having dazzling influence" is attested from 1913 (see prestige).
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