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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
Could a Montreal Marathon be among the world’s most prestigious by 2050?
As the Kentucky football program works to reach the most prestigious bowl game possible, should a possible conflict with the Dec. 29 UK-Louisville men's basketball game eliminate some options?
After putting in a bid in 2013, Seattle was finally designated a UNESCO City of Literature, joining a prestigious group of 28 international cities that includes Edinburgh, Dublin, Prague, and Baghdad.
Harvey Weinstein stands to be stripped of his Commander of the Order of the British Empire title, a mid-rank yet prestigious honory title handed out by Queen Elizabeth II to those involved in the arts, education, or charity work.
Much of this remaining time goes to his most prestigious, Oscar-favorite material: Saving Private Ryan, Munich, and Lincoln.
There are even said to be Shia sheikhs teaching Shia law at Al Azhar, the Sunni world’s most prestigious centre of learning.
Junior analysts a few weeks on the job can now expect a flurry of emails from headhunters for some of the most prestigious private equity firms in the world.
Which is why many of the most prestigious charity benefits on the moneyed social circuit of Palm Beach take place in its gilded ball room.
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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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