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 rivals and fans alike have noticed the year that Index Ventures, an investing firm born in Europe that has gradually encroached on the prestige of its top American competitors, has had in 2018. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "One investing firm is behind a string of this year’s big money-making moments in Silicon Valley," 5 Aug. 2018 Just looking at the Power 5 landscape, the schools that could potentially be in the market don't have the prestige Lane typically seeks. Andy Staples,, "Why Florida's Successful Chris Leak/Tim Tebow QB Model Probably Isn't Right for Alabama This Year," 12 July 2018 For all the prestige its name implies, the Recording Academy is really just a nonprofit television production organization that charges its members to vote on who will receive prizes. Robert Levine, Billboard, "The Recording Academy Seeks New Leader, But For What Exactly? (Column)," 12 June 2018 Cotes du Rhone wines do not have the prestige of the Rhone Valley’s storied wines, but these bottles have a lot to offer. Michael Austin,, "12 Cotes du Rhone wines that offer a range of styles and values," 31 May 2018 Gabler has been shepherding best-sellers to the big screen for years, from the prestige (Life of Pi, Bridge of Spies) to the populist (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief). Nicole Sperling, HWD, "Amy Adams’s Dark New Project Could Be the Next Gone Girl," 27 Apr. 2018 Instead, our personal garages are stuffed mostly with lawn-care equipment and assorted jalopies of lesser prestige. Car and Driver, "Lightning Lap 2018: Where the Track Tells the Truth," 26 Sep. 2018 But the prestige of these journals doesn’t exempt them from problems that have been plaguing science for decades. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Social science has a complicated, infinitely tricky replication crisis," 28 Aug. 2018 Landing a driver from another series would likely bring Team Moneybags the most press and prestige, but a driver from that subset is often the most difficult to book. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "So you want to enter the Indy 500?," 24 May 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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