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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
Six teenage girl inventors from Afghanistan have been denied entry into the United States to compete in a prestigious world robotics competition.
The awards are the oldest and most prestigious design awards in the nation and include categories for design, architecture and marketing.
The 23-year-old Park University graduate student is one of the best young classical pianists in the world, winning the silver medal in the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Judging by her 779,000 Instagram followers, nominations for multiple prestigious awards, and shooting for campaigns like Alexander Wang, she’s done exactly that.
Fifteen years later, though, Berry remains the only woman of color to have received that prestigious award.
Two F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters, one belonging to the prestigious Thunderbirds aerobatic team, and a giant unmanned surveillance drone were destroyed in accidents.
Sanjana Sekhar, another close friend from U-Va., who met him through a prestigious U-Va.
With a little luck and some clever chess playing, Vikhram Balagee earned the right to represent Alabama at the prestigious Denker Tournament for High School Champions.
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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
First Known Use: 1546See Words from the same year
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