Definition of prestige in English:


Syllabification: pres·tige
Pronunciation: /preˈstēZH, -ˈstēj


  • 1Widespread respect and admiration felt for someone or something on the basis of a perception of their achievements or quality: he experienced a tremendous increase in prestige following his victory
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    • He said that quality consistency guaranteed additional prestige for Bulgaria.
    • You will increase your influence and prestige through contact with politicians.
    • If you desire and are willing to work for it, you can achieve enormous success, prestige, and fame.
    status, standing, stature, reputation, repute, regard, fame, note, renown, honor, esteem, celebrity, importance, prominence, influence, eminence; kudos, cachet
    informal clout
  • 1.1 [as modifier] Denoting something that arouses respect or admiration: prestige wines
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    • Burglars also discovered prestige cars fetched a better price than televisions, videos or hi-fis.
    • He would take orders for luxury SUVs and top of the line prestige cars from them and have them stolen in Miami.
    • Power delivery apart, these two modestly sized prestige cars have a great deal in common.


mid 17th century (in the sense 'illusion, conjuring trick'): from French, literally 'illusion, glamour', from late Latin praestigium 'illusion', from Latin praestigiae (plural) 'conjuring tricks'. The transference of meaning occurred by way of the sense 'dazzling influence, glamour', at first depreciatory.

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