noun, often attributive
pres·​tige | \ pre-ˈstēzh How to pronounce prestige (audio) , -ˈstēj \

Definition of prestige

1 : standing or estimation in the eyes of people : weight or credit in general opinion
2 : commanding position in people's minds

Other Words from prestige

prestigeful \ pre-​ˈstēzh-​fəl How to pronounce prestige (audio) , -​ˈstēj-​ \ adjective

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influence, authority, prestige, weight, credit mean power exerted over the minds or behavior of others. influence may apply to a force exercised and received consciously or unconsciously. used her influence to get the bill passed authority implies the power of winning devotion or allegiance or of compelling acceptance and belief. his opinions lacked authority prestige implies the ascendancy given by conspicuous excellence or reputation for superiority. the prestige of the newspaper weight implies measurable or decisive influence in determining acts or choices. their wishes obviously carried much weight credit suggests influence that arises from the confidence of others. his credit with the press

Examples of prestige in a Sentence

Her career as a diplomat has brought her enormous prestige. The job has low pay and low prestige. The family has wealth and social prestige.
Recent Examples on the Web New York still maintains its prestige in the top five spot with 21.5 percent. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 8 Aug. 2022 Of all the artists signed during the peak of his reign, Mr. Ostin singled out Neil Young and Prince as perhaps the most significant, in large part because their prestige became the incentive for important later artists to sign. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Although, even if the Big 12 did add four more schools, its prestige, not to mention media rights revenue, would lag far behind those of the SEC and Big Ten. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 July 2022 Those emissions-free options charge faster on public infrastructure, offer higher levels of performance, and come with their own unique prestige. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 30 June 2022 The deaf quadriplegic man later died at a care facility, and Murdaugh is accused of using his prestige and reputation as a lawyer to secretly misappropriate settlement funds for his personal use, including to pay back loans. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 5 May 2022 The Met Gala has become known for its celebrity attendees and its extravagant red carpet prestige. Jailynn Taylor, Essence, 27 Apr. 2022 None has been consistent or permanent, and none has diminished its prestige or, perhaps more importantly to the winners, its monetary benefits. Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2022 The Fed enhanced its prestige and bolstered its independence by ensuring that credit continued to flow and markets continued to function. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of prestige

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prestige

French, from Middle French, conjuror's trick, illusion, from Latin praestigiae, plural, conjuror's tricks, from praestringere to graze, blunt, constrict, from prae- + stringere to bind tight — more at strain

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“Prestige.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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pres·​tige | \ pre-ˈstēzh How to pronounce prestige (audio) \

Kids Definition of prestige

: importance or respect gained through success or excellence


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