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

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Rhodes has also worked with some of the biggest names in the style universe, including Diana Vreeland, Suzy Menkes, Anna Sui, Manolo Blahnik, and Pierpaolo Piccioli, of Valentino. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Design icon Zandra Rhodes celebrates ’50 Fabulous Years in Fashion’," 17 Sep. 2019 Barber, the onetime DEA legal counsel who had worked alongside Rannazzisi, was representing some of the biggest names in the drug business, including Cardinal. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Tactic 8’ in the secret drug industry plan to defeat the DEA: Find a champion in Congress," 14 Sep. 2019 Some of the biggest names in classical music will visit Akron this season, thanks to the city’s premiere cultural presenter. Zachary Lewis,, "Don’t be bored! Cleveland teems with vocal, chamber, and orchestral music in 2019-20," 13 Sep. 2019 That’s right: Three of the biggest names in pop music got together to record a track for the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska—and directed by Elizabeth Banks. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey Just Dropped a Music Video—And People Are Freaking Out," 13 Sep. 2019 Set at the Montage in Beverly Hills, the conference features two days of high-level panels, artist interviews and executive Q&As with some of the biggest names in music, comedy and live entertainment. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Deadmau5 to Speak at Billboard Live Music Summit," 13 Sep. 2019 As his career blossomed, Cole started gaining the trust of the biggest names in the industry. Ben Church And Thomas Collins, CNN, "Famed hip-hop photographer highlights soccer's black culture," 11 Sep. 2019 The wins — and the national exposure on a network that would go on to take its place among the biggest names in media — were memorable. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "40 years ago, a Kentucky softball team won the first live game ever broadcast on ESPN," 6 Sep. 2019 Now in its 12th year, the event attracts some of the biggest names in the anime world. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "San Antonio’s San Japan brings tourists, wild costumes to downtown," 31 Aug. 2019

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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

informal : a very famous person

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