Definition of prestige in US English:



  • 1Widespread respect and admiration felt for someone or something on the basis of a perception of their achievements or quality.

    ‘he experienced a tremendous increase in prestige following his victory’
    • ‘If they concentrated on other things, they might not be able to achieve prestige in sports.’
    • ‘Some materials are available only in this campus, increasing its prestige as a museum.’
    • ‘Gaining colonies was thus not solely a matter of prestige or status but was regarded as an economic imperative for Germany.’
    • ‘How many more risks to our interests, to our prestige, and to our people are we to take?’
    • ‘It became, at the same time, a symbol of prestige and status and the basis of a major industry.’
    • ‘In return, a college gains prestige if one of its fellows turns out to be highly successful.’
    • ‘There will be no more duplicity, crookedness, and desire for name, fame, and prestige.’
    • ‘He has gained his international prestige precisely by going his own way at all times.’
    • ‘It was used to translate Canadian achievements into increased power and prestige.’
    • ‘It can bring you prestige, renown, and a more lasting fame than Wonderbra commercials.’
    • ‘If you desire and are willing to work for it, you can achieve enormous success, prestige, and fame.’
    • ‘Their main aim is to take power in their own countries, and attacking the demons is the best way to gain prestige and recruits.’
    • ‘The personality or prestige of authors is not usually a key selling point.’
    • ‘Are the people who work on it more interested in prestige than the average, and if so why?’
    • ‘As is the case in any empire, there is little prestige to be gained from such an association.’
    • ‘He said that quality consistency guaranteed additional prestige for Bulgaria.’
    • ‘His flair and showmanship won new audiences and gained the theatre great prestige.’
    • ‘It lost much prestige and public support following strikes in the late 1960s and 1970s.’
    • ‘You will increase your influence and prestige through contact with politicians.’
    • ‘Things acquire monetary value on the basis of their prestige, not the other way around.’
    status, standing, stature, prestigiousness, reputation, repute, regard, fame, note, renown, honour, esteem, estimation, image, account, rank, celebrity, importance, prominence, consequence, class, distinction, influence, weight, authority, supremacy, eminence, superiority
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    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting something that arouses respect or admiration.
      ‘prestige wines’
      • ‘The same band of thinkers has been doing a tour of the prestige papers beating the same old drum.’
      • ‘The reason was that General Motors bought Lotus and already had Cadillac as the prestige brand.’
      • ‘It is also a prestige food, and so the country imports it to feed the urban population.’
      • ‘Power delivery apart, these two modestly sized prestige cars have a great deal in common.’
      • ‘For us, it is a prestige match that's a fitting way to end our season.’
      • ‘It could be that owning a whisky will be a prestige thing, like owning a football club.’
      • ‘Monster prizes can be won such as prestige villas, 5 fabulous Fiat cars and many many more.’
      • ‘Sports are a such a prestige item that losing money is more acceptable than losing the rights.’
      • ‘Architects are in no doubt that a prestige project needs a prestige figure to oversee it to completion.’
      • ‘Alongside the prestige events, the streets of all three cities came alive with free musical performances.’
      • ‘Passing tourists could be in no doubt this was to be a prestige building, although no image of it was available to whet their appetites.’
      • ‘Most recent of the releases was the new 607, a car which surely only exists for prestige value in the French market.’
      • ‘He has already spent ten years working on the prestige project based on an idea he had in the 1980s.’
      • ‘In the USA platinum has been replaced by titanium cards in the prestige stakes.’
      • ‘The crude items of every day use that were the few meager processions of the poor have become the prestige consumption of the affluent.’
      • ‘So the marines know they have some serious competition in the prestige department.’
      • ‘He would take orders for luxury SUVs and top of the line prestige cars from them and have them stolen in Miami.’
      • ‘Burglars also discovered prestige cars fetched a better price than televisions, videos or hi-fis.’
      • ‘One of the ideas being considered by many developers was turning at least part of the building into a prestige hotel.’
      • ‘So why bother competing in the prestige retail development stakes?’


Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘illusion, conjuring trick’): from French, literally ‘illusion, glamor’, from late Latin praestigium ‘illusion’, from Latin praestigiae (plural) ‘conjuring tricks’. The transference of meaning occurred by way of the sense ‘dazzling influence, glamor’, at first depreciatory.