prestige

[ pre-steezh, -steej ]
/ prɛˈstiʒ, -ˈstidʒ /

noun

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.

adjective

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

pres·tige·ful, adjective
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prestige

/ (prɛˈstiːʒ) /

noun

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 for prestige

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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