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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That question is the subject of a report published today by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, an independent group of 26 former presidents and other bigwigs. The Economist, "What is the most dangerous drug?," 25 June 2019 Salvation seemingly comes in the form of Marcus Slade, an Elon Musk-like inventor and massively wealthy tech industry bigwig who promises her virtually unlimited funding to help her quest. Clark Collis, EW.com, "Looking for a mind-bending summer read? Try Recursion," 25 June 2019 As police were hauling the protesters into police vans, President Vladimir Putin was striding on stage at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia’s yearly gathering of economic bigwigs. The Economist, "A journalist’s arrest is a worrying sign of impunity in Russia," 7 June 2019 The tech industry aside, mistrust of Democrats and their regulatory zeal remains widespread among business bigwigs. The Economist, "Made out of glueDonald Trump may make some businessfolk cringe," 8 Mar. 2018 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

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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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