big name


Definition of big name

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

Other Words from big name

big-name \ ˈbig-​ˌnām How to pronounce big name (audio) \ adjective

Examples of big name in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But a big name like his could certainly fire up the fan base. Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 Arkansas already has beaten Texas handily and now gets another big name from its neighboring state. USA TODAY, 24 Sep. 2021 When casting Victoria, the matriarch of the Grayson dynasty who would be going toe to toe with Emily, both ABC and Kelley wanted a big name. Jemal Polson, Variety, 21 Sep. 2021 Zach Harrison is also out with an injury, which took a big name out of the defensive line rotatation. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 18 Sep. 2021 Being able to bring in a big name to work on a cosmetic set will no doubt make this one of the best selling skin sets in the game, but the general design of the set was made so that even those who don’t know who Zedd is will be able to enjoy it. Mike Stubbs, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Like his slightly younger brother Marlon, Shawn has made a big name for himself in Hollywood and the greater comedy world. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 29 Aug. 2021 Anthony Davis was the only big name to log court time, playing 11 minutes in the first quarter of a 123-97 loss to the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2021 Halep is not the first big name to pull out of Wimbledon this year. Emily Adams, USA TODAY, 25 June 2021

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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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“Big name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of big name

: a very famous person


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