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
Recent Examples on the Web Johnson is Frank, the wily captain of a rickety Amazon River tourist trap, trying to eke out a semi-honest living amid stiff competition from a local bigwig (Paul Giamatti). Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2021 The bigwig informs Agent 355 that Harvard remains under protection because someone in Washington views it as valuable (for its research, priceless art, and history) and that Mann isn't on their list of scientists. Nick Schager, EW.com, 27 Sep. 2021 Johnson is Frank, the wily captain of a rickety Amazon River tourist trap, trying to eke out a semi-honest living amid stiff competition from a local bigwig (Paul Giamatti). Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2021 Johnson is Frank, the wily captain of a rickety Amazon River tourist trap, trying to eke out a semi-honest living amid stiff competition from a local bigwig (Paul Giamatti). Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2021 Johnson is Frank, the wily captain of a rickety Amazon River tourist trap, trying to eke out a semi-honest living amid stiff competition from a local bigwig (Paul Giamatti). Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2021 Johnson is Frank, the wily captain of a rickety Amazon River tourist trap, trying to eke out a semi-honest living amid stiff competition from a local bigwig (Paul Giamatti). Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2021 Johnson is Frank, the wily captain of a rickety Amazon River tourist trap, trying to eke out a semi-honest living amid stiff competition from a local bigwig (Paul Giamatti). Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 3 Aug. 2021 Johnson is Frank, the wily captain of a rickety Amazon River tourist trap, trying to eke out a semi-honest living amid stiff competition from a local bigwig (Paul Giamatti). Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2021

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First Known Use of bigwig

1703, in the meaning defined above

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16 Oct 2021

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“Bigwig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bigwig. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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bigwig

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English Language Learners Definition of bigwig

: a powerful or important person

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