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[pre-steezh, -steej] /prɛˈstiʒ, -ˈstidʒ/
reputation or influence arising from success, achievement, rank, or other favorable attributes.
distinction or reputation attaching to a person or thing and thus possessing a cachet for others or for the public:
The new discothèque has great prestige with the jet set.
having or showing success, rank, wealth, etc.
Origin of prestige
1650-60 for an earlier sense; < French (orig. plural): deceits, delusions, juggler's tricks < Latin praestīgiae juggler's tricks, variant of praestrīgiae, derivative from base of praestringere to blunt (sight or mind), literally, to tie up so as to constrict, equivalent to prae- pre- + stringere to bind fast; see stringent
Related forms
prestigeful, adjective
1. weight, importance.
1. disrepute. Unabridged
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  • This is supposed to rob the mediaeval universities of any prestige that may come to them for this marvellous progress.

  • Chiefly, though, he helped me in the increase of prestige which he gave me with the natives.

    Anting-Anting Stories Sargent Kayme
  • If he ordered it, he would have to force it through, or the prestige he had won would be lost.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • He was, so to speak, the custodian of the honour and prestige of the family.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • They have their wealth and their prestige and their privileges, and they stand at bay.

    The Moneychangers Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for prestige


high status or reputation achieved through success, influence, wealth, etc; renown
  1. the power to influence or impress; glamour
  2. (modifier): a prestige car
Word Origin
C17: via French from Latin praestigiae feats of juggling, tricks; apparently related to Latin praestringere to bind tightly, blindfold, from prae before + stringere to draw tight, bind
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Word Origin and History for prestige

1650s, "trick," from French prestige (16c.) "deceit, imposture, illusion" (in Modern French, "illusion, magic, glamour"), from Latin praestigium "delusion, illusion" (see prestigious). Derogatory until 19c.; sense of "dazzling influence" first applied 1815, to Napoleon.

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