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

Definition of bigwig

: an important person

Examples of bigwig in a Sentence

a bigwig in local politics interviewed by several bigwigs on the hospital's staff
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First Known Use of bigwig

1703, in the meaning defined above

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“Bigwig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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: a powerful or important person


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