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 Produced by Sadler Vaden (guitarist in Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit), this debut is just one of the many indications that Wade is swinging for the fences to become a big name in country music. Star Tribune, "6 cool things in music this week include the ACM Awards, Cher, Jimmy Buffett, Morgan Wade and Lanue," 23 Apr. 2021 The last big name to dive into it was Jimmy Buffett in 2006 with LandShark Lager's launch. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, "Two Lane Beer From Luke Bryan Relaunches With Constellation Brands," 7 Apr. 2021 Grab is the latest big name to hop on the SPAC bandwagon. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Grab is going public in $40 billion SPAC deal, the biggest on record," 13 Apr. 2021 Jackson could be the next big name who ends up somewhere other than Columbus. Stephen Means, cleveland, "What 2022 top CB Domani Jackson’s commitment date means for Ohio State football: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 15 Jan. 2021 But what Ganassi loves even more than a big name to entice sponsorship is a championship-laden resume. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Dirt racing duo Kyle LeDuc, Sara Price lead Chip Ganassi Racing into off-road world in Extreme E," 2 Apr. 2021 Not every big name emerged from the early heats, which were organized in a bracket similar to a tennis draw. New York Times, "Top Snowboarders Face a New Challenge: Freestyle in the Backcountry," 7 Mar. 2021 Many people will never spend more, though big name brands can stretch that to $45. Bob Beacham,, "The best ice fishing rod," 17 Oct. 2020 Now speculation is growing that former President Donald Trump is about to harness his populist political movement and global recognition to become the latest big name to join the trend. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Why Trump might be the next big name to launch 'blank check company'," 25 Mar. 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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9 May 2021

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“Big name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of big name

informal : a very famous person

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