prestige

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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Other Words from prestige

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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Impact factors—which represent the number of citations to a journal's articles divided by the number of articles published during a 2-year period—are widely used in academe as a yardstick of a journal’s prestige and reach. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "Firm that tallies controversial journal impact scores moves to provide more context," 27 June 2018 These presidents have hired coaches who have histories of running programs that have been sanctioned by the NCAA, but have also taken teams to the NCAA Tournament, where prestige and money accumulate with every victory. Elton Alexander, cleveland.com, "NCAA must clean up its act from the top down, not the bottom up," 26 Apr. 2018 In addition, when men move into what had been considered predominantly female work, women tend to get squeezed out just as the prestige and pay goes up. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "5 of Modern History's Most Persistent Myths About the Gender Wage Gap," 10 Apr. 2018 It’s hard to imagine an object more evocative of power, prestige and respect than a hardwood gavel. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "This Historic Gavel Hammers Home the Achievements of Nancy Pelosi… and the United States," 7 Mar. 2018 Back in the days when newspapers still employed copy editors, the job was devoid of prestige. John E. Mcintyre, baltimoresun.com, "We owe a debt to Hank Glamann," 13 July 2018 After all, both are dystopian prestige TV offerings inspired by classic novels. refinery29.com, "Fahrenheit 451," 17 May 2018 But this is prestige TV, directed by The Queen‘s Stephen Frears and written by Doctor Who scribe Russell T. Davies. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Hugh Grant Returns to TV as a Gay Politician Who Attempts Murder in A Very English Scandal," 29 June 2018 There was enough tension between the black and white communities — and enough poverty all around — to guarantee high school brawls, gangs, and street prestige for the boys hardest of fist — and heart. Longreads, "The Cold War and its Fallout," 16 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 \

Kids Definition of prestige

: importance or respect gained through success or excellence

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