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Examples of prestigious in a Sentence
a nutritional study that has been published by a prestigious medical journal
the most prestigious social club in town
Recent Examples of prestigious from the Web
The Vanderbilt Commodores joined Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina and UCLA, a group of the winningest and most prestigious programs in the history of the sport.
The 2018 U.S. Women's Open, which will be played May 31-June 3, is the most prestigious women's golf event in the world.
Despite seven area players in this week’s Area Code Games in Long Beach — another prestigious showcase event — there are no San Diego players in Sunday’s Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park.
Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and only woman to win a Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics, has died.
With his triumph Sunday, Mach One Rules appears to be the top local threat for the Northwest’s most prestigious horse race.
Several of the pieces of his art deco collection earned awards at 2016 International Woodcarvers Congress, which is considered one of the most prestigious, competitive woodcarving shows.
Six teenage girl inventors from Afghanistan have been denied entry into the United States to compete in a prestigious world robotics competition.
The awards are the oldest and most prestigious design awards in the nation and include categories for design, architecture and marketing.
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Did You Know?
You may be surprised to learn that "prestigious" had more to do with trickery than with respect when it was first used in 1546. The earliest (now archaic) meaning of the word was "of, relating to, or marked by illusion, conjuring, or trickery." "Prestigious" comes to us from the Latin word praestigiosis, meaning "full of tricks" or "deceitful." The words "prestige" and "prestigious" are related, of course, though not as directly as you might think; they share a Latin ancestor, but they entered English by different routes. "Prestige," which was borrowed from French in 1656, initially meant "a conjurer's trick," but in the 19th century it developed an extended sense of "blinding or dazzling influence." That change in turn influenced "prestigious," which now means simply "illustrious or esteemed."
Origin and Etymology of prestigious
First Known Use: 1546See Words from the same year
Synonymsesteemed, estimable, name, respectable, recognized, reputable, reputed, respected
Related Wordshonorable, venerable, worthy; creditable, good, praiseworthy; celebrated, distinguished, famed, famous, honored, illustrious, notable, prominent, redoubtable, renowned, well-known
Near Antonymsseedy, shadowy, shady; no-name, obscure, undistinguished, unknown
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