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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
Deerfield in 2017 saw new businesses open in the Lake Cook Corridor and beyond, two public schools receive a prestigious national honor, and the announcement that the head of the local school district will leave next year.
Selena became the 89th Latino artist to earn the prestigious honor, The Los Angeles Times reported.
The prestigious event, held in conjunction with the publication of Billboard’s Women in Music issue, also recognizes the most powerful female executives in the industry.
The prestigious invitation-only event traditionally brings together more than 3,300 band members from Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama, all vying for the top prize.
Ponder this: The League of Legends world championship finals—perhaps the most prestigious event in e-sports—attracted 43 million unique viewers.
Panama needs to win during a push to make its first trip to the World Cup, international soccer’s most prestigious event.
This prestigious honor led to funding opportunities from the National Film Preservation Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation to do a digital, scene-by-scene restoration of the film.
Heisman House Six Buckeyes have won college football’s most prestigious award, including the only two-time winner.
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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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