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
prestigefulplay \-fəl\ adjective
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.
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
First Known Use: 1829
Synonym Discussion of prestige
PRESTIGE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of prestige for Students
: importance or respect gained through success or excellence
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