es·​teemed i-ˈstēmd How to pronounce esteemed (audio)
: highly regarded
an esteemed author
my esteemed colleagues
our esteemed leader/guests
He also wrote to Richard Randolph's stepfather, the esteemed lawyer St. George Tucker …Garry Wills
… combined his esteemed position as a barrister with an increasingly high-profile writing career …Lucy Scholes
… William Allen White was widely esteemed as, in Life magazine's words, "An American Institution."David M. Kennedy
… her freshman year at perhaps Virginia's most esteemed university …Lia Russell
If, as they say, I am a Man of Letters I come, like my fellows, at the tail-end of a long once esteemed tradition in English and American writing.V. S. Pritchett

Examples of esteemed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Challenging the stigmas For too long there has been a dichotomy between white- and blue-collar work, with white-collar roles being more highly esteemed than that of their blue-collar counterparts. Mark C. Perna, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Rare $10,000 Bill Dating Back to the Great Depression Sells for $480,000: 'An Absolute Prize' The esteemed auction house also noted that millennials made up an average of 15% of bidders and buyers during the sales period. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 18 Oct. 2023 For the exterior, Peña collaborated with esteemed interior designer and architect, Héctor Esrawe. Pia Velasco, Vogue, 15 Oct. 2023 Notable deaths in 2023 A look back at the esteemed personalities who left us this year, who'd touched us with their innovation, creativity and humanity. David Morgan, CBS News, 16 Nov. 2023 Under his direction, the esteemed orchestra has performed the music of Latin American composers such as Arturo Márquez and Alberto Ginastera. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 The Mark Twain Prize is given to humorists who affect American society in ways similar to Samuel Clemens, the esteemed 19th-century novelist and essayist also known as Mark Twain. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2023 Michel Ciment, the esteemed French film critic, historian, author, radio producer and editor of the influential film magazine Positif, has died. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023 Houston – Davis Street at Hermann Park Every Thanksgiving, esteemed chef Mark Holley welcomes diners into his swank, homey restaurant. Dwight Brown, Essence, 13 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1549, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of esteemed was in 1549

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“Esteemed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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