big·​wig ˈbig-ˌwig How to pronounce bigwig (audio)
: an important person

Examples of bigwig in a Sentence

a bigwig in local politics interviewed by several bigwigs on the hospital's staff
Recent Examples on the Web Katzenberg was one of a chorus of voices, including Black leaders in South L.A. and labor movement bigwigs, who tried to coax Bass into the race in the spring of 2021. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2024 Bored by his own circumstances as a wealthy Hollywood bigwig, Schneider’s decision to help Newton feels rather self-congratulatory, sliding into the realm of a Great White Savoir. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 17 May 2024 The noir plot, which swirls around the missing granddaughter of a Hollywood bigwig, is absolutely serviceable. Scott Meslow, Vulture, 2 May 2024 Vivek Ramaswamy, the conspiracy theory-loving biotech bigwig who made an impression on the 2024 GOP presidential primary with bombastic debate performances, is dropping out of the race, his campaign said Monday night. Tim Balk, New York Daily News, 16 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for bigwig 

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Word History

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bigwig was in 1703

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“Bigwig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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