noun, often attributive
pres·tige | \pre-ˈstēzh, -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, -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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But this is prestige TV, directed by The Queen‘s Stephen Frears and written by Doctor Who scribe Russell T. Davies. Michele Corriston,, "Hugh Grant Returns to TV as a Gay Politician Who Attempts Murder in A Very English Scandal," 29 June 2018 There was enough tension between the black and white communities — and enough poverty all around — to guarantee high school brawls, gangs, and street prestige for the boys hardest of fist — and heart. Longreads, "The Cold War and its Fallout," 16 June 2018 Apart from the prestige of guests like Springsteen, this year’s show is gearing up to be mostly fun and casual — mainly thanks to the Tony nominees themselves. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tony Awards 2018: what to know and how to watch," 8 June 2018 Any dramatic decline in exports would pose a challenge for President Xi Jinping given that the ruling Communist Party’s claim to power is largely based on its ability to deliver improved living standards and uphold national prestige. Washington Post, "China’s bravado belies worries over trade clashes with US," 5 July 2018 Olympic men’s soccer never gets confused with the World Cup in terms of importance, prestige or meaning. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Mexico’s World Cup Ends in Round of 16," 2 July 2018 The bi-monthly magazine, which provided prestige but lost thousands of dollars each issue, would not return. Alden Woods, azcentral, "'Our New York Times': Premier tribal news outlet relaunches, still faces old hurdles," 13 June 2018 Institutions grew, and then over the centuries acquired prestige and authority. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 Local news media also noted that Carmona's goodwill had been important to several of his past aides, who obtained important jobs partly due to the prestige of having worked for him. Eva Vergara, Fox News, "A 'Me Too' movement shakes Chilean universities," 28 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of prestige

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


pres·tige | \pre-ˈstēzh \

Kids Definition of prestige

: importance or respect gained through success or excellence

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evasion of direct action or statement

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