big·​wig | \ˈbig-ˌwig \

Definition of bigwig 

: an important person

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Examples of bigwig in a Sentence

a bigwig in local politics interviewed by several bigwigs on the hospital's staff

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Historically, home flipping has been antiquated local business, meaning a market downturn would affect mainly local bigwigs and property renovators. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "As housing market cools, home flipping shows signs of decline," 5 Nov. 2018 Managed by bigwigs who used to work at the World Bank, KAUST has however struggled to get into other investment vehicles, such as Benchmark Capital, the people say. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why Silicon Valley investors just can’t quit Saudi money," 25 Oct. 2018 However, that doesn’t mean the students of Harvard — which is known for churning out future political bigwigs — necessarily agree with establishment politics. Jaclyn Reiss,, "Most Harvard seniors say they will make $70,000 right out of college," 23 May 2018 In David Ireland’s play, directed by Vicky Featherstone, Eric, a protestant and lifelong Orangeman, gets a nasty surprise: His baby granddaughter looks like I.R.A. bigwig Gerry Adams. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "11 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 21 June 2018 With his love of engine grease and manual labor, Grey looks conspicuously out of place in this high-tech environment, unlike his wife, Asha (Melanie Vallejo), a corporate bigwig who rides around town in a self-driving car. Justin Chang,, "'Upgrade' is a sleek, strikingly designed A.I. vigilante thriller," 31 May 2018 This sartorial movement followed the (ongoing) outings of numerous high-profile men accused of repeated assault and harassment, including the likes of show business bigwigs Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "A place where women can speak their minds," 9 Jan. 2018 While here, Earl stopped for a bite at the Newton restaurant, met a few business bigwigs, and scouted around for new locations. Jon Chesto,, "Can the founder of Planet Hollywood make Bertucci’s a star?," 27 June 2018 The passengers included city engineer M.M. O’Shaughnessy, members of the Board of Supervisors, and other bigwigs. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "Twin Peaks Tunnel needs major work after century of service," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bigwig

1703, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bigwig

: a powerful or important person

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