big name


Definition of big name 

: a performer or personage of top rank in popular recognition a big name in the business world

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big-name \ˈbig-​ˌnām \ adjective

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The concept was simple: big names will attract big advertisers, and that means more money in YouTube’s pocket. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube Premium is changing because it has to," 29 Nov. 2018 Several big names cancelled their attendance amid the international outrage over Khashoggi’s death, including JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser and the International Monetary Fund’s managing director, Christine Lagarde. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Saudi forum highlights crown prince’s shifting fortunes," 23 Oct. 2018 And one big name who will likely attend is the bride's close friend Cressida Bonas—who just so happens to have dated Prince Harry. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry’s Ex Will Likely Make an Appearance at Princess Eugenie’s Wedding," 6 Oct. 2018 Well, television's biggest names came through the Emmys with some capital-f Fashion: custom Tanya Taylor, bedazzled Vera Wang, four separate Christian Siriano looks. Ana Colón, Glamour, "The Best Looks From the Emmy Awards 2018 Red Carpet," 17 Sep. 2018 But one big name didn’t send a video congratulation: House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco. Joe Garofoli,, "London Breed’s inauguration makes the Congressional Record, thanks to Pelosi," 12 July 2018 While that normally might seem unfathomable, last year the Academy snubbed Oprah Winfrey so simply being a big name may just not be enough if the project isn't also extremely buzzy in this time of peak TV. Danielle Turchiano,, "Emmy nominations: The biggest snubs and surprises," 12 July 2018 Among the big names advocating for straw bans are actor Adrian Grenier, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and actor Kendrick Sampson. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Starbucks to scrap plastic straws globally by 2020," 9 July 2018 The biggest name was defenseman Luke Schenn, whose career includes a stop with the Kings during the 2015-16 season. Helene Elliott,, "Ducks sign Luke Schenn, add depth in free-agent signings," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of big name

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big name was in 1881

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English Language Learners Definition of big name

: a very famous person

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