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 How to pronounce big-name (audio) \ adjective

Examples of big name in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What promises to be a wild NBA offseason has just gotten underway, and another big name is already on the move. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Reports: Bucks finalizing deal to acquire Jrue Holiday from Pelicans," 17 Nov. 2020 More five-stars from Florida followed, because C.J. was such a big name. Carter Karels, The Indianapolis Star, "How Clemson built a championship program mostly before having top 10 recruiting classes," 6 Nov. 2020 But just adding a big name to the front office won’t magically fix the Sixers, who were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics despite preseason championship aspirations. New York Times, "The Sixers Need to Be Patient. For Real, This Time.," 2 Nov. 2020 Tesla is a big name, but certainly not always the best choice. Star Tribune, "Sound Advice: New tech aims at enhancing TV sound," 16 Oct. 2020 Was a great player in high school, was a big name out in Portland but did a great job over (at Boise State) and had a couple of injuries, got a little bit banged up. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "How Oregon Ducks secondary is retooling early in fall camp," 10 Oct. 2020 Out of the big name defensive coordinator hires last offseason, Pittman made the best one in luring former Missouri coach Barry Odom to Fayetteville. John Talty |, al, "Gus Bus hits pothole, Texas A&M paying for Jimbo Fisher’s past instead of future," 4 Oct. 2020 Rogers is not a player easily cowed by having a big name across the net. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Naomi Osaka advances to U.S. Open semifinals, will meet American Jennifer Brady," 9 Sep. 2020 Clay Matthews not signing with Broncos, but not retiring either One big name not on a roster yet is linebacker Clay Matthews III. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Ravens expect Browns to test rookie LB Patrick Queen; Jadeveon Clowney explains signing with Titans: NFL news roundup," 10 Sep. 2020

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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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28 Nov 2020

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“Big name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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big name


English Language Learners Definition of big name

informal : a very famous person

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