prestigious pres‧ti‧gious [preˈstɪdʒəs ǁ -ˈstiː-, -ˈstɪ-] adjective
admired as one of the best and most important of its kind:

• an opportunity to work for one of the world's most prestigious companies

• The RIBA Gold Medal is considered to be the world 's most prestigious award for architecture.

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prestigious UK US /presˈtɪdʒəs/ adjective
very much respected and admired, usually because of being important or of high quality: »

The car won some of the industry's most prestigious awards.


The Harvard presidency is perhaps the most prestigious job in higher education.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • prestigious — [pres tij′əs, prestē′jəs] adj. [L praestigiosus, full of deceitful tricks < praestigium, delusion: see PRESTIGE] 1. Archaic of or characterized by legerdemain or deceptionof or characterized by legerdemain or deception 2. [re formed from… …   English World dictionary

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