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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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 Under previous governments, crooked bigwigs would typically build, say, a road and take a cut, explains Armando Santacruz of Mexico United Against Crime, an NGO. The Economist, "How Andrés Manuel López Obrador will remake Mexico," 23 June 2018 San Francisco property bigwig Joe O’Donoghue asked his longtime political cohort, former Mayor Willie Brown, to relay a $50,000 check to an independent organization supporting London Breed’s successful mayoral campaign., "Suit contends former Mayor Willie Brown misdirected campaign donation," 12 July 2018 The second season, as shown in the trailer, will continue to shine that spotlight as Ruth is seen fending off the advances from a TV bigwig, and potentially paying the professional price. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GLOW' Season 2 Trailer Highlights Drama In and Out of the Ring," 11 June 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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