Origin of prest1
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin praestus ready. See presto
- a loan.
- an advance payment on wages.
- prest money.
Origin of prest2
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Examples from the Web for prest
Buck plays Mrs. Prest, a character she describes as “an entrepreneurial socialite.”Joan Juliet Buck: Budding Star
July 17, 2010
The preste rounne after with the vestement on his backe: and the vestement-maker after the prest.
Therfore on Ester-Euyn he sent his boy to the prest of the next town, that was ii.
They were very civil to me, and prest me to dine at Selvington.
She is fonder of me than ever; prest me to go with her to Maryland this Winter.
And I further Declare, that they are not worthe more, and that if at prest.
- obsolete prepared for action or use; ready
C13: via Old French from Late Latin praestus ready to hand; see presto
- obsolete a loan of money
C16: originally, loan money offered as an inducement to recruits, from Old French: advance pay in the army, from prester to lend, from Latin praestāre to provide, from prae before + stāre to stand