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



BrE BrE//preˈstɪdʒəs//
; NAmE NAmE//preˈstɪdʒəs//
[usually before noun]
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respected and admired as very important or of very high quality a prestigious award a prestigious university the city’s most prestigious and exclusive hotel Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘practising conjuring tricks’): from late Latin praestigiosus, from praestigiae ‘conjuring tricks’. The current sense dates from the early 20th cent.Extra examples She won a highly prestigious award. It’s the city’s most prestigious and exclusive hotel. My parents wanted me to go to a more prestigious university. The Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious events in the racing calendar. This is a very prestigious award.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prestigious