Definition of prestigious in English:



  • Inspiring respect and admiration; having high status.

    ‘a prestigious academic post’
    • ‘We should be proud that our public servants are favourites for several prestigious awards this year.’
    • ‘We hope that this will be the first of many such prestigious awards for this fine young athlete.’
    • ‘Just a few short months ago I was thrilled to be awarded a column in a prestigious newspaper.’
    • ‘Boston is home to one of the most prestigious regattas that North America has to offer.’
    • ‘It seemed that another prestigious name was set to become part of history.’
    • ‘This was the first time the prestigious event has ever been held in Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘He is set to take on the most prestigious daily newspaper job in Scotland.’
    • ‘The success of these schools can be attributed to the prestigious status accorded to Spanish.’
    • ‘It also plans to exhibit the poster at various other prestigious places in the country.’
    • ‘It is the first time ever that the winner of this prestigious race was trained in the Kingdom.’
    • ‘It is the view of many that prestigious galleries should be in high profile city centre establishments.’
    • ‘Dog groomers from Keighley had reason to smile when they scooped two first prizes at a prestigious event.’
    • ‘Two brave bobbies have been honoured for their courage at a prestigious award ceremony in London.’
    • ‘For some it was a massive publicity coup for the county town to host such a prestigious event.’
    • ‘The group also acquired two prestigious watering holes among a dozen pubs and hotels earlier this year.’
    • ‘The report from a prestigious international agency is another valuable propaganda tool.’
    • ‘The house itself is located in one of the most prestigious housing estates in the county.’
    • ‘I wish him the very best of luck as he takes up one of the most prestigious positions in Irish sport.’
    • ‘A pair of teachers have won their way through to the national finals of a prestigious awards ceremony.’
    • ‘It will be broadcast in the prestigious Masterpiece Theatre slot from Sunday.’
    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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Mid 16th century (in the sense practicing legerdemain): from late Latin praestigiosus, from praestigiae conjuring tricks The current sense dates from the early 20th century.