prestigious

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

Definition of prestigious

  1. 1 archaic :  of, relating to, or marked by illusion, conjuring, or trickery

  2. 2 :  having prestige :  honored

prestigiously

adverb

prestigiousness

noun

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Examples of prestigious in a Sentence

  1. a nutritional study that has been published by a prestigious medical journal

  2. the most prestigious social club in town

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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

Latin praestigiosus, from praestigiae



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