an advance of money, specif. one to men enlisting in the British army or navy
Origin of prestMiddle English preste from Old French from prester: see press
- (archaic) Simple past tense and past participle of press.
(third-person singular simple present prests, present participle presting, simple past and past participle prested)
(comparative more prest, superlative most prest)
- (obsolete) Ready; prompt; prepared.
- (obsolete) Neat; tidy; proper.
Old French prest