prestige

noun, often attributive pres·tige \ pre-ˈstēzh , -ˈstēj \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

prestigeful

play \pre-ˈstēzh-fəl, -ˈstēj-\ 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

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

noun

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

noun pres·tige \ pre-ˈstēzh \

Definition of prestige for Students

:importance or respect gained through success or excellence


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