noun, pres·tige often attributive \pre-ˈstēzh, -ˈstēj\

: the respect and admiration that someone or something gets for being successful or important

Full Definition of PRESTIGE

:  standing or estimation in the eyes of people :  weight or credit in general opinion
:  commanding position in people's minds
pres·tige·ful \-fəl\ adjective

Examples of PRESTIGE

  1. Her career as a diplomat has brought her enormous prestige.
  2. The job has low pay and low prestige.
  3. The family has wealth and social prestige.

Origin of PRESTIGE

French, from Middle French, conjuror's trick, illusion, from Latin praestigiae, plural, conjuror's tricks, from praestringere to graze, blunt, constrict, from prae- + stringere to bind tight — more at strain
First Known Use: 1829

Synonym Discussion of PRESTIGE

influence, authority, prestige, weight, credit mean power exerted over the minds or behavior of others. influence may apply to a force exercised and received consciously or unconsciously <used her influence to get the bill passed>. authority implies the power of winning devotion or allegiance or of compelling acceptance and belief <his opinions lacked authority>. prestige implies the ascendancy given by conspicuous excellence or reputation for superiority <the prestige of the newspaper>. weight implies measurable or decisive influence in determining acts or choices <their wishes obviously carried much weight>. credit suggests influence that arises from the confidence of others <his credit with the press>.

Rhymes with PRESTIGE

PRESTIGEFUL Defined for Kids


noun pres·tige \pre-ˈstēzh\

Definition of PRESTIGE for Kids

:  importance or respect gained through success or excellence


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