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

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Pike is the son of an NCA bigwig (Clarke Peters), raised in a stable middle-class background and following suit with a wife (Lashana Lynch's Arjana) and kids. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bulletproof': TV Review," 6 Aug. 2019 The artist recently sold out a bigwig-heavy gig at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the teenage old souls making dreamy Latinx pop, from their bedroom to yours," 14 Aug. 2019 Just follow the money of investors like D.C. sports bigwigs Ted Leonsis and Mark Ein. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Coming to a high school near you: The brave new world of esports," 22 July 2019 Egyptian rules have been adopted by croquet’s bigwigs. The Economist, "How Egypt conquered croquet," 25 July 2019 Marc Andreessen, the influential venture capitalist, reportedly swore by it, as did tech bigwigs like Patrick and John Collison, the founders of Stripe. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Would You Pay $30 a Month to Check Your Email?," 27 June 2019 Instead, the conference in Bahrain features a set of glitzy plenary speeches and panels, including various business leaders and bigwigs such as International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde and former British prime minister Tony Blair. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Forget peace. Trump and Israel want Palestinian surrender.," 26 June 2019 That question is the subject of a report published today by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, an independent group of 26 former presidents and other bigwigs. The Economist, "What is the most dangerous drug?," 25 June 2019 Salvation seemingly comes in the form of Marcus Slade, an Elon Musk-like inventor and massively wealthy tech industry bigwig who promises her virtually unlimited funding to help her quest. Clark Collis,, "Looking for a mind-bending summer read? Try Recursion," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of bigwig

1703, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bigwig was in 1703

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English Language Learners Definition of bigwig

informal : a powerful or important person

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