Definition of prestige noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//preˈstiːʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//preˈstiːʒ//
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[uncountable] the respect and admiration that somebody/something has because of their social position, or what they have done synonym status personal prestige There is a lot of prestige attached to owning a car like this. jobs with low prestige Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘illusion, conjuring trick’): from French, literally ‘illusion, glamour’, from late Latin praestigium ‘illusion’, from Latin praestigiae (plural) ‘conjuring tricks’. The transference of meaning occurred by way of the sense ‘dazzling influence, glamour’, at first depreciatory.Extra examples Doctors have suffered a loss of prestige following a spate of scandals. Lavish hospitality allows the host to gain prestige. Owning landed property confers prestige. The couple’s prestige was damaged by the allegations. The post carried great prestige within the police force. Wearing designer clothes is a matter of personal prestige for many teenagers. Winning the prize carries immense prestige. an international company that enjoys immense prestige the party’s prestige among the public Her contract was not renewed, which meant a loss of money and prestige. The first prize is the prestige of having your painting exhibited at a top London gallery. The jobs are accorded different levels of prestige. These games are seen by many as a means of winning status and prestige among their peers.
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