- indicative of or conferring prestige: the most prestigious address in town.
- having a high reputation; honored; esteemed: a prestigious author.
Origin of prestigious
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- having status or glamour; impressive or influential
- rare characterized by or using deceit, cunning, or illusion; fraudulent
Word Origin and History for prestigiously
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.