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

Definition of prestigious

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

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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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Looking back, dedicated fans will recognize that Gaga, who briefly attended the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts in New York before dropping out to pursue her singing career, has dipped her toe into the world of acting before. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "7 Times Lady Gaga Proved She Could Act Before A Star Is Born," 23 Jan. 2019 The young man won admission to the prestigious Boston Latin School, putting him on a college track. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Raytheon’s Thomas Phillips: The CEO Who Refused to Tell His Own Story," 18 Jan. 2019 Less remake, more regeneration, the new Suspiria retains its predecessor’s setting and setup — a prestigious German dance school run by a shadowy coven — but digs its hooks into elements that Argento’s film floated past. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 Starring as Harry is Percelle Ascott, a 25-year-old actor who was born in Zimbabwe, raised in London, and educated at the prestigious BRIT School (whose famous alums include Adele, Amy Winehouse, Tom Holland, and more). Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, ""The Innocents" Star Percelle Ascott on Playing a Teen Caught Up in a Supernatural Romance," 24 Aug. 2018 Consequently, the award is construed to be prestigious. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Who wins the annual Forbes’ “30 Under 30” education awards? New study details telling links between judges and winners," 3 July 2018 And a 2016 investigation by federal prosecutors into the city's prestigious Boston Latin School found the school failed to take racial hostility seriously, according to WBUR. CBS News, "Lawsuit alleges Boston Public Schools shared information with ICE," 23 June 2018 These awards may sound good but are not particularly prestigious. Veronica Craker, idahostatesman, "Your business might deserve an honor, but be wary of ‘vanity awards’ seeking money," 16 June 2018 Nugget's acceptance into a prestigious minnow school changes everything. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Ashford, Eastford Students Delighted With "Nugget And Fang" Production," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of prestigious

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prestigious

Latin praestigiosus, from praestigiae

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