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

Other Words from prestige

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.
Recent Examples on the Web When Donald Trump, quickly echoed by Hillary Clinton, turned against the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the 2016 presidential campaign, American power and prestige in the region took a serious hit. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Finally, the Freedom Agenda encourages conservatives to embrace policies that will restore American power and prestige in international affairs. Mike Pence, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Missing from that list is using a funder’s power and prestige to ignite a movement toward the creation and execution of ESG strategies among nonprofit organizations, including foundations. Timothy J. Mcclimon, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Superstar athletes have always commanded power and prestige through their celebrity status. Steve Murray, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2022 The ancient cynics knew that lasting satisfaction cannot be derived from a constant struggle for possessions, pleasures, power, or prestige. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 20 Jan. 2022 The prestige project is set up at Apple Studios, another coup for the tech giant’s fledgling film studio. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Jan. 2022 Tension over Xinjiang is rising as activists call for a boycott of February's Winter Olympics in Beijing, a prestige project for the ruling party. CBS News, 23 Dec. 2021 Liberty’s rise in athletics could mean power and prestige, and FBS football is a lucrative centerpiece. Brice Particelli, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Prestige.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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