- indicative of or conferring prestige: the most prestigious address in town.
- having a high reputation; honored; esteemed: a prestigious author.
Origin of prestigious
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Examples from the Web for prestigious
His photography has won more than a hundred awards, including the prestigious Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
Joan used words like hip, classy, elegant, and prestigious to describe the clubs.Joan Rivers: The Playboy Bunnies Weren’t Sluts!
November 7, 2014
She reportedly studied French and Italian at Oxford before attending the prestigious Jacques Lecoq school of theatre in Paris.Benedict Cumberbatch Announces Engagement in The Times
November 5, 2014
In 1998, she was selected to represent Israel in the prestigious Eurovision contest, winning first place.
Beck later went on to receive a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at Harvard, and teach at a number of prestigious universities.The Intern Who Birthed The KAL007 Conspiracy Theories
September 8, 2014
He had had nothing out of them—nothing of the prestigious or the desirable things of the earth, craved for by predatory natures.Chance
The "prestigious feat" of causing flowers to appear in winter was a common one.A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)
Mrs. Sutherland Orr
This was the title of the cover page of the prestigious magazine, "The Economist" in its issue of 10/1/98.After the Rain
These are some of the prestigious merits of the bicycle, though many more might be added.Hortus Vitae
Violet Paget, AKA Vernon Lee
- having status or glamour; impressive or influential
- rare characterized by or using deceit, cunning, or illusion; fraudulent
Word Origin and History for prestigious
1540s, "practicing illusion or magic, deceptive," from Latin praestigious "full of tricks," from praestigiae "juggler's tricks," probably altered by dissimilation from praestrigiae, from praestringere "to blind, blindfold, dazzle," from prae "before" (see pre-) + stringere "to tie or bind" (see strain (v.)). Derogatory until 19c.; meaning "having dazzling influence" is attested from 1913 (see prestige). Related: Prestigiously; prestigiousness.