big·​wig ˈbig-ˌwig How to pronounce bigwig (audio)
: an important person

Example Sentences

a bigwig in local politics interviewed by several bigwigs on the hospital's staff
Recent Examples on the Web Its story revolves around a group of teenage girls who mistakenly kidnap the son of a corrupt political bigwig. Liza Foreman, Variety, 14 Nov. 2022 The Silicon Valley bigwig known for investments in Twitter, Spotify and Airbnb is still trying to distance himself from Russia. John Hyatt, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 As the story goes, the association was formed following a strike by bull riders who split from their bigwig managers and producers to organize what eventually became the PRCA in 1975. Yec, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Owens’ debut work of fiction is a romantic thriller about an outcast young woman on trial in the murder of a local bigwig in 1960s North Carolina. Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2022 This will likely put him at loggerheads with the local bigwig whose mayoral re-election campaign is founded on promises of solving the municipal water crisis. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 29 June 2022 Conecta Fiction’s first Arab project, from first-time director Gilbert Karam, an action drama involving three young female classmates who mistakenly kidnap the son of a corrupt political bigwig. John Hopewell, Variety, 6 June 2022 Then again, the production was shot mainly in Bulgaria, and there’s a vaguely intercontinental, pan-European vibe to the cast, from small supporting roles to Monica Bellucci’s spiritless rendering of a villainous bigwig. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Apr. 2022 The Commonwealth bigwig began Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead determined to get to the bottom of who slaughtered both his soldiers and his super-creepy post-apocalyptic BFF Toby Carlson. Dalton Ross,, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bigwig was in 1703

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Cite this Entry

“Bigwig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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