Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The level of respect at which one is regarded by others; standing.
  • n. A person's high standing among others; honor or esteem.
  • n. Widely recognized prominence, distinction, or importance: a position of prestige in diplomatic circles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Delusion; illusion; trick.
  • n. The quality of how good the reputation of something or someone is, how favourably something or someone is regarded

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Delusion; illusion; trick.
  • n. Weight or influence derived from past success; expectation of future achievements founded on those already accomplished; force or charm derived from acknowledged character or reputation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Illusion; juggling trick; fascination; charm; imposture.
  • n. An illusion as to one's personal merit or importance, particularly a flattering illusion; hence, a reputation for excellence, importance, or authority; weight or influence arising from reputation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a high standing achieved through success or influence or wealth etc.

Etymologies

French, illusion, from Latin praestīgiae, tricks, probably alteration of *praestrīgiae, from praestringere, to touch, blunt, blind : prae-, pre- + stringere, to draw tight; see streig- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French prestige ("illusion, fascination, enchantment, prestige") (Wiktionary)

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    October 15, 2007

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    October 15, 2007

  • Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called the pledge. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called the turn. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call the prestige.

    October 15, 2007