[pre-steezh, -steej]


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 formspres·tige·ful, adjective

Synonyms for prestige

Antonyms for prestige Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prestige

Contemporary Examples of prestige

Historical Examples of prestige

  • Here he had prestige because he was the son of Daniel Bines, organiser and man of affairs.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Do not disturb the prestige which belongs to a distant and unfamiliar power.

  • The white man's prestige and privileges were invested in him.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • By doing so, it simply hampered faith and diminished its own prestige.

  • And there's the famous name, and the family, and the prestige.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

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 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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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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