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From French prestige (illusion, fascination, enchantment, prestige), from Latin praestigium (a delusion, an illusion).

Note: despite the phonetic similarities and prestige's old meaning of "delusion, illusion, trick", the word has a different root than prestidigitator (conjurer) and prestidigitation.


  • IPA(key): /pɹɛˈsti(d)ʒ/
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  • Rhymes: -iːʒ, -iːdʒ


prestige (usually uncountable, plural prestiges)

  1. The quality of how good the reputation of something or someone is, how favourably something or someone is regarded.
    Oxford has a university of very high prestige.
  2. (obsolete, often preceded by "the") Delusion; illusion; trick.
    • 1811, William Warburton, Richard Hurd, editor, The works of the Right Reverend William Warburton, D.D., Lord Bishop of Gloucester, volume the ninth, London: Luke Hansard & Sons, OCLC 7605701, page 121:
      That faith which, we are told, was founded on a rock, impregnable to the assaults of men and demons; to the sophisms of infidelity, and the prestiges of imposture!

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prestige (not comparable)

  1. (sociolinguistics, of a linguistic form) Regarded as relatively prestigious; often, considered the standard language or language variety, or a part of such a variety.
    • 1971, John Gumperz, “Formal and informal standards in Hindi regional language area”, in Language in Social Groups, Stanford: Stanford University Press, →ISBN, page 48:
      Furthermore there is in each area a well recognized standard, known by a single name, which although often linguistically distinct from local dialects, has served as the prestige form for some time.
    • 1981, Jerzy Rubach, Cyclic Phonology and Palatalization in Polish and English, Warsaw: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, OCLC 9557130, page 57:
      The 3rd person plural -ą ending is phonetically [ow ̃] or [om], depending on the dialect. However, [ow ̃] is the prestige form.

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prestige m (plural prestiges)

  1. prestige
    de prestigeprestigious

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prestige c

  1. prestige


Declension of prestige 
Indefinite Definite
Nominative prestige prestigen
Genitive prestiges prestigens

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