Definition of prestige in English:

prestige

Line breaks: pres|tige
Pronunciation: /prɛˈstiː(d)ʒ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1Widespread respect and admiration felt for someone or something on the basis of a perception of their achievements or quality: the firm has recently gained considerable prestige
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
status, standing, stature, prestigiousness, reputation, repute, regard, fame, note, renown, honour, esteem, estimation, image, account, rank, celebrity, importance, prominence, consequence, class, distinction, influence, weight, authority, supremacy, eminence, superiority; laurels, kudos, cachet; New Zealandmana; Indianizzat
informal clout, brownie points
1.1 [as modifier] Denoting something that arouses widespread respect or admiration: prestige diplomatic posts a prestige car
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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.

Origin

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.

Derivatives

prestigeful

adjective
More example sentences
  • You can imagine what a shock it was for me to receive a letter informing me that the Association was planning to give me a prestigeful award.

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