prestige

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noun, often attributive pres·tige \pre-ˈstēzh, -ˈstēj\

Definition of prestige

  1. 1 :  standing or estimation in the eyes of people :  weight or credit in general opinion

  2. 2 :  commanding position in people's minds

prestigeful

play \-fəl\ adjective

Examples of prestige in a Sentence

  1. Her career as a diplomat has brought her enormous prestige.

  2. The job has low pay and low prestige.

  3. The family has wealth and social prestige.

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Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 1829

Synonym Discussion of prestige

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

PRESTIGE Defined for English Language Learners

prestige

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noun, often attributive pres·tige \pre-ˈstēzh, -ˈstēj\

Definition of prestige for English Language Learners

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


PRESTIGE Defined for Kids

prestige

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noun pres·tige \pre-ˈstēzh\

Definition of prestige for Students

  1. :  importance or respect gained through success or excellence



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