\ ˈbig-ˌtīm How to pronounce big-time (audio) \

Definition of big-time

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: relating to or involved in the big time big-time sports also : major sense 4 big-time operators



Definition of big-time (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a major or large-scale way the new show bombed big-time also : to a great extent or degree owes me big-time

big time

\ -ˌtīm How to pronounce big time (audio) \

Definition of big time (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a high-paying vaudeville circuit requiring only two performances a day
2 : the top rank of an activity or enterprise

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big-timer \ ˈbig-​ˌtī-​mər How to pronounce big time (audio) \ noun

Examples of big-time in a Sentence

Noun the young ad execs knew that their agency had hit the big time when major corporations came calling
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Johnny hit the big time first, discovered by Mike Bloomfield and then signed to Columbia Records for what was reported to be the largest advance ever at the time, $600,000. Gary Graff, cleveland, 9 May 2022 The trick is turning those pieces into a winning team and scoring goals in a new stadium built for the big time. Joseph Goodman |, al, 6 Apr. 2022 Most wrestlers pay their dues in the independent circuits, but Paul skipped all that and went straight to the big time. Steven Monacelli, Rolling Stone, 3 Apr. 2022 Then he was scouted for the big time: Cirque du Soleil. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Mar. 2022 Ben-Ishay seems to represent her generation — or the story her generation likes to tell — about slogging through one hard-luck economic story after another before hitting the big time. Fortune, 23 Mar. 2022 But podcasts that hit the big time are few and far between. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Ives added that Apple's strategy, which has been to prioritize content quality over quantity, paid off big time. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 28 Mar. 2022 Just simply pick out your favorite pieces on the Missoma website and apply the promotional code HAPPY20 to save big time on your entire purchase. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of big-time


1910, in the meaning defined above


1957, in the meaning defined above


1910, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Big-time.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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