big name


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Nationally, the big name who was picked for the All-American Game was Bronny James from Sierra Canyon in California. Dallas News, 24 Jan. 2023 Almost every big name in Hollywood has spent the Oscar nominations’ voting window posting in support of Riseborough’s long-shot Best Actress bid, and 33 percent of the cast of Friends has hosted industry screenings in support of the film. Nate Jones, Vulture, 19 Jan. 2023 As such, anticipate many more deals featuring big name brands in FAST to be signed and for continued focus on overseas markets, much as the FilmRise-LG deal features. Gavin Bridge, Variety, 18 Nov. 2022 Both big name brands now are facing deep discounting to clear inventory. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2022 Go from colorful to minimal, sporty to dressy, with big name brands like Bonpoint. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Oct. 2022 The leverage of being part of a larger franchise gives a small business franchise owner the ability to compete with big name brands. Fiona Simpson, Forbes, 14 Aug. 2022 As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine escalates, big name brands in the fashion and beauty industries are rallying for peace and using their platforms to pull together charitable donations and helpful resources. Brittany Talarico,, 7 Mar. 2022 She’s seen vodka fans slowly converting from their big name brand of choice. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big name was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Big name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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