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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But this bid for the mass market and the ensuing bigness of the brand necessarily left it without a prestige factor — an issue competitor Ralph Lauren has contended with as well. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 2018 Others talked about the prestige that once came with a job at the retailer. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Sears Shoppers, Workers Lament Its Demise," 18 Mar. 2019 Abraham Lincoln used his signature top hats to exude authority and prestige. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "House Democratic Women Wear Suffragette White to State of the Union," 6 Feb. 2019 And while displaying one’s loftiest affiliations in pictures does bring prestige, the sword has always cut both ways. Town & Country, "Wall of Shame: What Happens to Controversial Portrait Walls in the #MeToo Era?," 30 Nov. 2018 Often these exceptions-to-the-rule make a lot of money for the company, or lend it prestige. Jessica Wakeman, Glamour, "Men Who Scream at Work Aren't "Passionate." They're Abusive.," 4 Sep. 2018 Judge Kavanaugh’s resume is certainly marked by prestige, groomed for exactly this nomination. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Yale students and alumni blast law school for praising Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s choice for Supreme Court," 11 July 2018 Within the Astros' organization, Tucker is renowned for his makeup — an uber-poised, almost blase demeanor with which he's accepted his position and prestige. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' prized call-up Kyle Tucker ready to make his case in the majors," 8 July 2018 Precisely because of the American military’s prestige, Huntington’s warnings about its politicization by civilians are worryingly relevant — as demonstrated when Trump signed his Muslim travel ban in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes. Gary J. Bass, New York Times, "Should We Worry About Trump’s Fawning Admiration of the Military?," 29 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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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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