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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For a pair of earbuds that cost half the price of big name brands, the Brio surprisingly delivers a litany of notable features packed in a sleek package. Popular Mechanics, "These Wireless Earbuds Last 50 Hours Per Charge," 3 Apr. 2019 Eastdil has been looking for a big name hire since losing some of its top brokers to aggressive rivals. Craig Karmin, WSJ, "Real-Estate Broker Eastdil Hires Allianz Executive for N.Y. Sales," 10 Dec. 2018 Pistons fit: Was the biggest name at a Pistons free-agent camp in May, could represent value on a veteran-minimum deal as the former No. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons and NBA free agency: 10 small forwards to watch," 28 June 2018 Other big names at the festival include Cardi B, David Byrne and Haim. Fox News, "Kylie Jenner, Rihanna and more stars show skin at Coachella," 16 Apr. 2018 Dawson will join country music's biggest names and other rising stars at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Devin Dawson Gushes Over Kehlani, Reveals the Most Ridiculous Lyric He's Written & More: Watch," 11 Apr. 2018 Other big names at these Olympics failed to clean up, although skier Lindsey Vonn won a bronze in the women's downhill. Rima Abdelkader, NBC News, "Highs and lows of the PyeongChang Olympics: Team USA soars — and stumbles," 24 Feb. 2018 The 60th annual Grammy Awards celebrated the biggest names in music Sunday night at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Aric Jenkins, Time, "Grammys 2018: See the Full List of Winners," 28 Jan. 2018 Shaquem Griffin might not be the biggest name at the Senior Bowl this week, but the Central Florida linebacker is the most inspirational. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "One-handed UCF’s Shaquem Griffin defying odds, making an impression," 23 Jan. 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

informal : a very famous person

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