bigwig

noun
big·​wig | \ ˈbig-ˌwig How to pronounce bigwig (audio) \

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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An incomplete survey of local bigwigs yielded two important enough for cake. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Who Serves the Best Holiday Carrot Cake? Hint: It Has a Captive Audience," 25 Dec. 2018 Local bigwigs had every incentive to lowball the figures to avoid the wrath of NIMBYs, says Neal Hudson of Residential Analysts, a consultancy. The Economist, "Britain’s housing supply is perking up at last," 10 May 2018 Among the thousands of attendees was a very Miami crew; Bella Thorne and Caroline Vreeland could be spotted beside the city’s bigwigs and a couple Bravo stars. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Inside Miami's Pegasus Cup, the World’s Richest Horse Race," 1 Feb. 2019 In Japan, where foreign executives are scarce and even the biggest corporate bigwigs tend to keep a low profile, Ghosn’s status is more ambiguous. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "Renault board: Ghosn to remain CEO while detained in Japan," 19 Nov. 2018 At the time, Randall Whitman, the son of founder Stanley Whitman, sent Robins a stinging message to relay to the bigwigs at LVMH. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "A Guide to Miami's Chicest Shopping Districts," 30 Nov. 2018 The public payroll has expanded as bigwigs jostle to give jobs to their co-religionists. The Economist, "Lebanon’s political system leads to paralysis and corruption," 19 Apr. 2018 But in the Trump-era politics of disruption, the backing of the party and its bigwigs may not be enough. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "Wisconsin Primary Shows Waning Power of State’s GOP Leaders," 13 Aug. 2018 Police and courts, for instance, have all too often proven slow to follow up potentially embarrassing leads, or quick to absolve BJP bigwigs of wrongdoing. The Economist, "All hat and cattleIndia’s BJP government looks ever more like the one it replaced," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bigwig

1703, in the meaning defined above

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bigwig

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bigwig

informal : a powerful or important person

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