[pre-stij-uhs, -stij-ee-uhs, -stee-juhs, -stee-jee-uhs]


indicative of or conferring prestige: the most prestigious address in town.
having a high reputation; honored; esteemed: a prestigious author.

Origin of prestigious

1540–50; < Latin praestigiōsus full of tricks, deceitful, equivalent to praestigi(um) (see prestige) + -ōsus -ous
Related formspres·tig·ious·ly, adverbpres·tig·ious·ness, noun
Can be confusedprodigious prestigious

Synonyms for prestigious

1. distinguished. 2. respected, illustrious, notable. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prestigious

Contemporary Examples of prestigious

Historical Examples of prestigious

  • He had had nothing out of them—nothing of the prestigious or the desirable things of the earth, craved for by predatory natures.


    Joseph Conrad

  • The "prestigious feat" of causing flowers to appear in winter was a common one.

  • This was the title of the cover page of the prestigious magazine, "The Economist" in its issue of 10/1/98.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • These are some of the prestigious merits of the bicycle, though many more might be added.

    Hortus Vitae

    Violet Paget, AKA Vernon Lee

British Dictionary definitions for prestigious



having status or glamour; impressive or influential
rare characterized by or using deceit, cunning, or illusion; fraudulent
Derived Formsprestigiously, adverbprestigiousness, noun
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper