Share this entry

Share this page

prestigious

Syllabification: pres·tig·ious
Pronunciation: /preˈstējəs
 
, preˈstijəs
 
/

Definition of prestigious in English:

adjective

Inspiring respect and admiration; having high status: a prestigious academic post
More example sentences
  • The success of these schools can be attributed to the prestigious status accorded to Spanish.
  • Two brave bobbies have been honoured for their courage at a prestigious award ceremony in London.
  • Just a few short months ago I was thrilled to be awarded a column in a prestigious newspaper.
Synonyms
reputable, distinguished, respected, esteemed, eminent, august, highly regarded, well-thought-of, acclaimed, authoritative, celebrated, illustrious, leading, renowned
impressive, important, prominent, high-ranking, influential, affluential, powerful, glamorous;
well paid, expensive, upmarket

Origin

mid 16th century (in the sense 'practicing legerdemain'): from late Latin praestigiosus, from praestigiae 'conjuring tricks'. The current sense dates from the early 20th century.

Derivatives

prestigiously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • This ranking could not have been achieved if it weren't for the prestigiously hard working and responsible students that attend this institution.
  • You spend any time with him and you realize he is a prestigiously talented person with an extraordinary record.
  • Quite odd you're already so prestigiously looked at, being only thirty-four years old, and one of the richest men in the world.

prestigiousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Therefore, in order to operate his attack and mockery towards these so-called heroes who might be leaders of a country or people of prestigiousness, without any restriction the satirist uses symbols.

Words that rhyme with prestigious

irreligious, litigious, prodigious, religious, sacrilegious

Definition of prestigious in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something