Definition of succès d'estime in English:

succès d'estime

noun

  • A success in terms of critical appreciation, as opposed to popularity or commercial gain.

    ‘the show was a succès d'estime’
    • ‘Today the aristocratic liberals continue to enjoy a succès d'estime, a phenomenon that makes one wonder whether they have not succeeded in at least some of their educational goals after all.’
    • ‘It's also where more lofty producers are crafting traditionalist wines, both red and white, that have enjoyed considerable succès d'estime.’

Origin

French, literally ‘success of opinion’.

Pronunciation

succès d'estime

/sʊkˌseɪ dɛˈstiːm//syksɛ dɛstim/