- The definition of prestigious is someone or something that is highly respected or esteemed.
An example of something that would be described as prestigious is Harvard University.
- Archaic of or characterized by legerdemain or deception
Origin of prestigiousre-formed from prestig(e) + -ous having or imparting prestigealso prestigeful
Origin of prestigiousClassical Latin praestigiosus, full of deceitful tricks ; from praestigium, delusion: see prestige
(comparative more prestigious, superlative most prestigious)
- Of high prestige.
- She has a prestigious job with an international organization.
- Objects: award, prize, job, address, school, university, college, club, journal, firm, institution, office, etc.