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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The prestige of being the CEO and the public face of the institution didn’t appeal to him. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Eisenhower Code: Happy to Serve, Reluctant to Lead," 7 Dec. 2018 Many academy members have griped that the group’s diversity push has diluted the prestige of the institution. Glenn Whipp,, "What the new, vastly expanded Academy membership could mean for the Oscars," 26 June 2018 The financial crisis of 2008–09 and the consequent bailouts badly damaged the prestige not only of Wall Street and General Motors but that of capitalism itself. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Will the Liberals Take the Lead on Trade?," 25 Jan. 2018 This maximizes the stylists’ time and earning power, making assistants integral to a prestige salon’s operation. Megan Mcintyre, Glamour, "What No One Tells You About Tipping at the Hair Salon," 12 Dec. 2018 Sundance Now, dedicated to prestige TV series, films and documentaries, and Shudder, which serves thriller, suspense and horror enthusiasts. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "AMC Networks Beats Earnings Estimates, U.S. Ad Revenue Falls 9.9 Percent," 1 Mar. 2018 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

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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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to gather or build up little by little

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