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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Other Words from prestige

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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The fact that the Iraq War had caused bitter disputes within NATO, and dramatically depleted American prestige and soft power, made these and other problems still more difficult to manage. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 The Masters could fetch more on the open market, but Roberts, and subsequent chairmen, have exchanged higher rights fees for control, which, in the end, has enhanced the event’s prestige and ultimately its earning power. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 The Madrid International Show Jumping Competition is now in its 108th year and with such a long history, the show carries a certain prestige and status within the equestrian world. Aly Vance, CNN, "Van der Vleuten: The father-son duo teaming up in Madrid," 3 May 2018 And while there are some amazing prestige items and rescue skin care out there that cost some big coins, there are some effective products that keep skin looking just as great as their pricier counterparts. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "10 Beauty Items Under $20 That Help You Fight Acne," 27 June 2019 The result, ratified Monday, marked the most humiliating setback in years for Turkey’s authoritarian-minded president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had put his own prestige on the line in stumping for the ruling party’s candidate. Laura King,, "How will Turkey’s authoritarian president react to opposition’s big win in Istanbul mayoral race?," 24 June 2019 This has all but the very top tier of colleges and universities—whose prestige effectively serves as a self-perpetuating revenue engine—on edge. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "The End of an American College," 18 June 2019 Both companies are launching streaming services later this year that will need the kind of prestige content that Abrams is known to produce. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "J.J. Abrams close to striking production deal with WarnerMedia," 18 June 2019 The track’s 106-year history and the emphasis on trying to keep it alive, though, contribute to its prestige. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The desk job can wait. This engineering grad is more interested in being part of racing history.," 15 June 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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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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