[ pre-stij-uhs, -stij-ee-uhs, -stee-juhs, -stee-jee-uhs ]
/ prɛˈstɪdʒ əs, -ˈstɪdʒ i əs, -ˈsti dʒəs, -ˈsti dʒi əs /


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 forms

pres·tig·ious·ly, adverbpres·tig·ious·ness, noun

Can be confused

prodigious prestigious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prestigious


/ (prɛˈstɪdʒəs) /


having status or glamour; impressive or influential
rare characterized by or using deceit, cunning, or illusion; fraudulent

Derived Forms

prestigiously, adverbprestigiousness, noun
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