prestigious

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

Definition of prestigious

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

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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 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."

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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Read on for the beauty wisdom that helped shape some very prestigious beauty experts, celebrities, and more. Allure, "17 Beauty Icons Share the Best Advice From Their Moms," 13 May 2019 And yet the arrival of the prestigious Champagne house actually coincides with a strong Sonoma sparkling trend. ... Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Why Your Next Bottle of Sparkling Wine Should Be From Sonoma," 10 May 2019 The prestigious investiture ceremony, which tapped a total of 544 women (47% of the total inductees), took place at Buckingham Palace. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Presents Glenda Bailey with Her Damehood at Buckingham Palace," 9 May 2019 The prestigious title has been given to the Duchess of Cambridge to mark her eighth wedding anniversary to Prince William. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Prestigious Gift from the Queen for Her Eighth Wedding Anniversary to Prince William," 30 Apr. 2019 His character is a young surgeon with autism and savant-syndrome who left behind his rural life in Casper, Wyoming to join the staff at the prestigious St. Bonaventure Hospital in San Jose, California. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About 'The Good Doctor' Season 3," 29 Apr. 2019 The Boston Marathon is a particularly prestigious race. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "6 Things You Should Know Before Watching the 2019 Boston Marathon," 11 Apr. 2019 Now 24, Miles is a fashion model signed with prestigious agency Wilhelmina. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Every Question About 'American Idol' Judge Lionel Richie's Famous Kids, Answered," 6 Apr. 2019 Just last week, at Rio’s Sambadrome, where tens of thousands gather to watch the area’s prestigious samba schools perform in a parade for Carnaval, a group called Mangueira was named champion. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Rio de Janeiro, Right Now: 5 Reasons to Visit the Extraordinary Brazilian City," 19 Mar. 2019

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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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