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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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British Dictionary definitions for prestigiousness

prestigious

/prɛˈstɪdʒəs/
adjective
1.
having status or glamour; impressive or influential
2.
(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 prestigiousness

prestigious

adj.

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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