Pres"tige (?; 277), n. [F., fr. L.
praestigum delusion, illusion, praestigae deceptions,
jugglers' tricks, prob. fr. prae before + the root of
stinguere to extinguish, originally, to prick. See
Stick, v.] 1. Delusion;
illusion; trick. [Obs.]
The sophisms of infidelity, and the prestiges of
imposture. Bp. Warburton.
2. 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. "The prestige of his name must go for
something." Sir G. C. Lewis.