Definition of prestigious in English:

prestigious

adjective

  • Inspiring respect and admiration; having high status.

    ‘a prestigious academic post’
    • ‘The report from a prestigious international agency is another valuable propaganda tool.’
    • ‘It also plans to exhibit the poster at various other prestigious places in the country.’
    • ‘Two brave bobbies have been honoured for their courage at a prestigious award ceremony in London.’
    • ‘It is the view of many that prestigious galleries should be in high profile city centre establishments.’
    • ‘It seemed that another prestigious name was set to become part of history.’
    • ‘We hope that this will be the first of many such prestigious awards for this fine young athlete.’
    • ‘Boston is home to one of the most prestigious regattas that North America has to offer.’
    • ‘A pair of teachers have won their way through to the national finals of a prestigious awards ceremony.’
    • ‘Dog groomers from Keighley had reason to smile when they scooped two first prizes at a prestigious event.’
    • ‘For some it was a massive publicity coup for the county town to host such a prestigious event.’
    • ‘Just a few short months ago I was thrilled to be awarded a column in a prestigious newspaper.’
    • ‘It will be broadcast in the prestigious Masterpiece Theatre slot from Sunday.’
    • ‘I wish him the very best of luck as he takes up one of the most prestigious positions in Irish sport.’
    • ‘He is set to take on the most prestigious daily newspaper job in Scotland.’
    • ‘This was the first time the prestigious event has ever been held in Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘The success of these schools can be attributed to the prestigious status accorded to Spanish.’
    • ‘We should be proud that our public servants are favourites for several prestigious awards this year.’
    • ‘It is the first time ever that the winner of this prestigious race was trained in the Kingdom.’
    • ‘The house itself is located in one of the most prestigious housing estates in the county.’
    • ‘The group also acquired two prestigious watering holes among a dozen pubs and hotels earlier this year.’
    reputable, distinguished, respected, esteemed, estimable, eminent, august, honoured, of high standing, of note, highly regarded, well thought of, acclaimed, authoritative, well known, in the public eye, celebrated, illustrious, leading, renowned, famed, famous
    impressive, conferring prestige, important, prominent, exalted, high-ranking, influential, imposing, powerful, glamorous
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘practising conjuring tricks’): from late Latin praestigiosus, from praestigiae ‘conjuring tricks’. The current sense dates from the early 20th century.

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