noun, often attributive
pres·​tige | \ pre-ˈstēzh How to pronounce prestige (audio) , -ˈstēj \

Definition of prestige

1 : standing or estimation in the eyes of people : weight or credit in general opinion
2 : commanding position in people's minds

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prestigeful \ pre-​ˈstēzh-​fəl How to pronounce prestigeful (audio) , -​ˈstēj-​ \ adjective

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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

Examples of prestige in a Sentence

Her career as a diplomat has brought her enormous prestige. The job has low pay and low prestige. The family has wealth and social prestige.
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Recent Examples on the Web Those identified with prestige are helpful and humble. Hemant Kakkar, Scientific American, "Why Trump’s Popularity Surge Faded So Quickly," 27 May 2020 The big news in streaming this week is the arrival of HBO Max, a new service that brings together the prestige offerings of HBO with the broader catalog from WarnerMedia Entertainment. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "What to Watch: Hulu’s ‘Ramy’ Grapples With God; Celebrities Read ‘Harry Potter’," 27 May 2020 To borrow the Hollywood twins analogy once more, one of these evil corporation shows aimed for prestige glory and ended up as The Equalizer. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Homecoming S2: The most fun you’ll have with an evil company this spring," 24 May 2020 Depending on your internet diet, that’s been the case for a while now—Insecure and High Maintenance were darling web series long before they were given prestige treatment on HBO. Jason Parham, Wired, "Quarantine Has Transformed Not-TV Into Essential TV," 22 May 2020 Countless other opera houses are also under pressure: The Lyric Opera in Chicago had to cancel its Ring cycle by Wagner—an expensive undertaking and one that burnishes a company's prestige—and will lose $13.6 million from spring cancellations. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Opera houses face two daunting uncertainties: Reopen dates and funding from wealthy donors," 19 May 2020 But in recent years, Witherspoon made a switch to the small screen — displaying a knack for portraying complicated female characters in dramatic prestige programs. Dave Quinn,, "Reese Witherspoon Will Star In and Produce Two Romantic Comedies for Netflix," 13 May 2020 The French company tried unsuccessfully to use Maserati to bolster its prestige (the Citroen SM was the result), but the conglomeration was swallowed by Peugeot in 1975. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Maserati Quattroporte," 21 Apr. 2020 Even though Jackson’s knowledge and passion for good champagne is legendary, for vignerons of the finest bubbly in the Champagne region of France, Jackson’s prestige wasn’t enough. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "50 Cent stops in Houston area to promote lines of champagne, cognac ‘developed for music business’," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of prestige

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of prestige was in 1829

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2 Jun 2020

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“Prestige.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prestige

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


pres·​tige | \ pre-ˈstēzh How to pronounce prestige (audio) \

Kids Definition of prestige

: importance or respect gained through success or excellence

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