Prestige Definition

prĕ-stēzh, -stēj
The power to impress or influence, as because of success, wealth, etc.
Webster's New World
The level of respect at which a person or thing is regarded by others; standing.
An act that boosted his prestige; a job with low prestige.
American Heritage
Reputation based on brilliance of achievement, character, etc.; renown.
Webster's New World
Good reputation; honor.
Her accomplishments lent a lot of prestige to the college.
American Heritage
Great respect or importance.
Doctors are usually treated with prestige.
American Heritage

Note: despite the phonetic similarities and prestige's old meaning of "delusion, illusion, trick", the word has a different root than prestidigitator and prestidigitation.


Origin of Prestige

  • French illusion, magic trick, charm, ability to inspire admiration, prestige from Latin praestīgiae tricks probably alteration of praestrīgiae from praestringere to touch, blunt, blind prae- pre- stringere to draw tight streig- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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