prestigious

Eagle Scout is a prestigious position within the Boy Scouts. It requires a lot of hard work over a number of years, and if you become one, lots of people will respect you.

The adjective prestigious has a really wonderful Latin root, praestigiae, which means "conjuring tricks." Think of the magic word, "Presto!" Even though today's prestigious doesn't necessarily mean that the person described can do magic, imagining prestigious people as magicians can help you remember the admiration and status that the word implies.

Definitions of prestigious
1

adj having an illustrious reputation; respected

“a prestigious author”
Synonyms:
eminent, esteemed, honored
reputable
having a good reputation

adj exerting influence by reason of high status or prestige

“a prestigious professor at a prestigious university”
Synonyms:
influential
having or exercising influence or power

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