pres·ti·gious | \ pre-ˈsti-jəs , -ˈstē- also prə- \

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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The family returned to Pakistan when his father was offered the artistic directorship of a prestigious theater in Lahore, before Tahir returned to the United States for high school and college. Joel Brown,, "Capturing the villainy of Richard III, from the inside out," 12 July 2018 BlocBoy JB, featured in XXL's prestigious Freshman Class this year, is headlining the Miller Lite Oasis stage ... at 10:15 p.m. tonight. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rising rapper BlocBoy JB, co-signed by Drake, replaces GoldLink at Summerfest Friday," 29 June 2018 Despite his advancing years, Buffon is still regarded in the upper echelons of goalkeeping ability, with his €52m move to Turin back in 2001 giving him the prestigious honor of being the world's most expensive goalkeeper for well over a decade., "PSG Signs Goalkeeping Legend Gianluigi Buffon to One-Year Deal," 6 July 2018 Havre de Grace Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Thomas Dennison Jr., Harford County’s most recent Milken Educator recipient, has received another prestigious honor. Staff Report, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace Elementary teacher Dennison receives prestigious fellowship," 22 June 2018 Simon has earned a spot in the prestigious Arcadia Invitational, which will be held April 6-7. Andrew Turner,, "Daily Pilot High School Female Athlete of the Week: CdM’s Morgan Simon making up for lost time," 24 Mar. 2018 Both came at the prestigious Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna just after the New Year. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Otto's thrilling finish, O'Toole's dominance both yield state titles for Arrowhead wrestling," 24 Feb. 2018 The couple met in Nashville when both were enrolled in Belmont University’s prestigious vocal performance program. Melody Chiu,, "Watch Russell Dickerson's Intimate Performance of His Hit Song 'Blue Tacoma'," 12 July 2018 Kentucky has shown increased interest, and coach John Calipari is expected to watch him at the prestigious Peach Jam event in Atlanta this week. Mark Zeigler,, "SDSU basketball recruiting targets drawing interest from the big boys," 10 July 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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