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

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 Middle managers are feeling the heat as bigwigs like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg wield the axe, leaving fewer heads to handle the mess. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 Rangers players, manager Bruce Bochy and other franchise bigwigs will speak to the crowd right after the parade, in Globe Life Field North Plaza and the adjacent Lot B. Texas Rangers Hall of Famer Chuck Morgan will lead the 30-minute program. Matt Leclercq, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 Dec. 2023 The world’s bigwigs are convening in Switzerland this week for the World Economic Forum in Davos, and by the looks of it, the confab has turned into an AI conference. Alexei Oreskovic, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2024 Though bigwigs like Clive Davis, founder of Arista Records, vehemently denied any knowledge of the ruse, there was no way that Milli Vanilli could have existed and flourished without everyone involved behind the scenes being on the same page. Ineye Komonibo,, 27 Oct. 2023 Like it or not, the notion that San Diego remains part of Team Spanos’ home TV market all but ensures there won’t ever be a Chargers game stinko enough for CBS bigwigs to swap it out for another NFL contest in the same time slot. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Jan. 2024 Jane’s bigwig bosses, played by Joe Tapper and Jeffrey King, are flat, greedy villains, figured as heirs to the deceptive, and ultimately murderous, founders of the market system (Tapper’s Dutch trader, at least, demonstrates some measure of humanity). Naveen Kumar, New York Times, 6 Dec. 2023 Wayans also spoke about recently performing the set at a special show for some entertainment bigwigs (and, apparently, some global and military leaders as well). Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 13 Nov. 2023 First Republic did it by focusing on wealthy customers, including bigwigs in finance and real estate, offering white-glove service and low-rate jumbo mortgages. Jon Chesto,, 3 May 2023 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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“Bigwig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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