Prestige meaning

prĕ-stēzh, -stēj
Great respect or importance.

Doctors are usually treated with prestige.

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The quality of how good the reputation of something or someone is, how favourably something or someone is regarded.

Oxford has a university of very high prestige.

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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.

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Reputation based on brilliance of achievement, character, etc.; renown.
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Good reputation; honor.

Her accomplishments lent a lot of prestige to the college.

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Note: despite the phonetic similarities and prestige's old meaning of "delusion, illusion, trick", the word has a different root than prestidigitator and prestidigitation.
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The power to impress or influence, as because of success, wealth, etc.
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Prestige is defined as widespread respect, admiration or acclaim.

An example of prestige is what you get when you are elected to a coveted board of director's position at a very well thought of corporate organization.

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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