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 Sir Graham Brady, a Tory bigwig, has represented the medieval market town since 1997, and his party hasn’t lost since 1924. The Economist, "The Labour Party Keir Starmer, middle-class hero," 29 Aug. 2020 Chaguan visited the temple on September 16th, hours before party bigwigs and other officials arrived. The Economist, "China’s atheist Communist Party encourages folk religion," 19 Sep. 2019 Most regional bigwigs are not accountable to voters but are entirely dependent on the Kremlin for status and money. The Economist, "Anatomy of lies Russia’s covid-19 outbreak is far worse than the Kremlin admits," 21 May 2020 Welcome to the new male vanity, in which even Silicon Valley bigwigs considerably younger than Bezos are resorting to newfangled procedures to avoid aging out of the workforce. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "Jeff Bezos and the New Face of Male Vanity," 10 Apr. 2020 Two months ago, the Conference Board unveiled a study that listed the reasons corporate bigwigs were anxious heading into 2020. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "For CEOs, a Crisis Is the Time to ‘Step Up’," 13 Mar. 2020 Still, Sestak’s actions haven’t always impressed voters or Democratic Party bigwigs. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Meet the intriguing presidential candidate you haven’t seen on the debate stage," 17 Aug. 2019 Beer is their drink of choice over cocktails, according to Alcohol.org, but that’s probably little consolation to corporate bigwigs. oregonlive, "Almost half of Oregonians are drinking while working at home during coronavirus pandemic, survey says," 22 Apr. 2020 Epstein was also included in an intimate dinner planned with Silicon Valley bigwigs, Ito, and other Media Lab staff at an exclusive Palo Alto restaurant in the summer of 2015. BostonGlobe.com, "accepting donations from the disgraced financier," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bigwig

1703, in the meaning defined above

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“Bigwig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bigwig. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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bigwig

noun
How to pronounce bigwig (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bigwig

informal : a powerful or important person

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