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

     

    prestige

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//preˈstiːʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//preˈstiːʒ//
     
    [only before noun]
     
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  1. 1that brings respect and admiration; important a prestige job
  2. 2admired and respected because it looks important and expensive synonym luxury a prestige car prestige items such as jewellery and silver
  3. Word Origin mid 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.
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