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 prestige (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 First-time show producers Steven Soderbergh, Sher and Jesse Collins are planning to put on an awards broadcast that address COVID-19 safety concerns without sacrificing the pomp and prestige of Hollywood’s biggest night. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Why our pandemic Academy Awards are winning already," 23 Apr. 2021 Now, with the Warriors’ recent dynasty cementing their status as a model franchise, Schneider must do something just as challenging: maintaining the corporate prestige Welts, a Hall of Famer, helped bring them. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "How Brandon Schneider went from waiter to Warriors president and COO," 18 Apr. 2021 In the iconography of American militarism, in the esoteric cult of special forces, the black censor bar across the eyes confers an unmistakably dark prestige. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, "THE FORT," 18 Apr. 2021 But the Oscars are also a moneymaker for studios interested in leveraging prestige to boost ticket sales — in ordinary years, anyway — and to attract bankable artists to work with them, whether established or new. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Why do the Oscars matter?," 16 Apr. 2021 Besides boosting the club’s international prestige, reaching the UEFA Europa League semi finals would have great financial implications for Roma. Daniele Proch, Forbes, "What It Would Mean For AS Roma To Qualify For The UEFA Europa League Semi Finals," 15 Apr. 2021 Every film or play that led to a trophy only seemed to fortify the idea that Rudin’s vicious approach was a necessary pathway to prestige. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "When Good Art Is a Justification for Cruelty," 9 Apr. 2021 But even as her credits grew in size and prestige, getting cast didn’t get simpler. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "‘Godzilla vs. Kong’s’ Eiza González is a star in Mexico. Why do so few know her in the U.S.?," 2 Apr. 2021 Docu-mania also feels inextricably connected to the twin explosions of prestige true-crime content and podcasts, both traceable to Serial‘s debut in 2014. Judy Berman, Time, "How Docu-Mania Took Streaming by Storm, From Tiger King to WeWork," 1 Apr. 2021

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Prestige.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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