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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That was the catalyst for launching KLUR, a clean and ethical prestige brand formulated for everyone, and especially inclusive of melanin rich skin. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Lesley Thornton Is Putting Some Skin In The Game With Her Brand KLUR," 29 Aug. 2019 But in this case, the words are at least very close to being objectively true: There is no rapper in the 21st century whose music videos are as inextricable from their pop culture prestige as Misdemeanor. Brian Josephs, Billboard, "Every Missy Elliott Music Video, Ranked," 14 Aug. 2019 The big haul came at an important time for the network, which has been fending off competition as the go-to venue for prestige TV from Netflix. John Koblin, New York Times, "‘Game of Thrones’ and HBO Dominate 2019 Emmy Nominations," 16 July 2019 Good news: Revlon is launching a prestige brand with 40 foundation shades. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Linda Wells Is Launching Her First Beauty Line," 30 May 2018 Beauty lovers can lend a hand and support the cause by shopping a wide range of products donated specifically for the sale from 35+ prestige beauty brands like Buxom, M.A.C Cosmetics, Jouer, SK-II and more on QVC while supplies last. Kaitlyn Frey,, "The Best Products to Buy at QVC's Beauty With Benefits Event," 26 Apr. 2018 Handcrafted by McLaren in England, the 720S combines the cutting-edge technology of the company’s famous Formula 1 race cars with the luxurious interior look and feel of prestige brands that have been around for a century. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "212-mph, $331K 2018 McLaren 720S rewrites the book on supercar style," 25 Apr. 2018 Those deemed important enough are also given name tags, a mark of prestige at one of the most celebrated social events on the calendar. Ben Church, CNN, "Royal Ascot 2019: Queen Elizabeth II leads royal procession, Prince Harry, Meghan absent," 18 June 2019 All shows that air on HBO have an air of prestige to them, but miniseries even more so. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "HBO is known for its great miniseries. Is “Chernobyl” its greatest?," 5 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce prestige (audio) \

Kids Definition of prestige

: importance or respect gained through success or excellence

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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