pres·​ti·​gious | \ pre-ˈsti-jəs How to pronounce prestigious (audio) , -ˈstē- How to pronounce prestigious (audio) also prə- \

Definition of prestigious

1 : having prestige : honored
2 archaic : of, relating to, or marked by illusion, conjuring, or trickery

Other Words from prestigious

prestigiously adverb
prestigiousness noun

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You may be surprised to learn that prestigious had more to do with trickery than with respect when it was first used in the mid-16th century. 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 the mid-17th century, 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."

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
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First Known Use of prestigious

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for prestigious

Latin praestigiosus, from praestigiae

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11 May 2022

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“Prestigious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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