pres·​tige pre-ˈstēzh How to pronounce prestige (audio)
often attributive
: standing or estimation in the eyes of people : weight or credit in general opinion
: commanding position in people's minds
prestigeful 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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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prestige was in 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Prestige.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


pres·​tige pre-ˈstēzh How to pronounce prestige (audio)
: importance in the eyes of other people
prestigiously adverb
prestigiousness noun
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