prestige

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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Though the Warriors had more championship prestige going into the tournament, many hoped that Durant’s injury would slow their momentum and give the underdog Raptors a chance at the title. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Toronto Raptors Defeat Golden State Warriors in Tight Game to Win Their First-Ever NBA Championship," 14 June 2019 Veblen argued that consumption is not merely about satisfying needs, but is also used to signal status and prestige. The Economist, "Advertising may make people miserable, but it still has its uses," 6 June 2019 Hotel Urso strikes a contemporary, warm note with prestige fitting of a former palace. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Plan a Summer Stay in Salesas, Madrid’s Smallest Neighborhood," 25 May 2019 China has both military ambitions in space (where some of its technologies rival the United States'), as well as a desire for international prestige by doing new and interesting things in space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Here’s why China’s launch to the far side of the Moon is a big deal," 10 Dec. 2018 The point of a townhouse then was its façade—to project the prestige of the family inside. David Netto, Town & Country, "Is Roman Abramovich's Controversial New York City Mansion the Future of Manhattan Real Estate?," 30 Jan. 2019 Sports may seem off-base for Amazon, a company that’s invested its entertainment funds in creating award-winning prestige shows and building its Prime library, but the company has been investing in sports content for some time. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Amazon reportedly bidding on multiple Fox sports channels," 20 Nov. 2018 Marti Noxon is the woman behind this adaptation, a TV veteran who has worked across a plethora of prestige shows since her beginnings on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Marti Noxon on the Eerie Timeliness of Dietland: "Unless We Find Our Voice, Nothing's Going to Change"," 19 June 2018 Plus, with prestige shows like The Crown, Downton Abbey, and even the royal wedding, anglomania and the British brand is at an all time high. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Gin Bounced Back From Decades of Decline to Become London’s Latest It Drink," 11 June 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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More Definitions for prestige

prestige

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prestige

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

prestige

noun
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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