dig·​ni·​tary | \ ˈdig-nə-ˌter-ē, -ˌte-rē\
plural dignitaries

Definition of dignitary 

: one who possesses exalted rank or holds a position of dignity or honor

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Examples of dignitary in a Sentence

The dinner was attended by many foreign dignitaries.

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England fans also joined with dignitaries to lay a wreath to commemorate the dead. Pan Pylas, chicagotribune.com, "Volgograd, the city once called Stalingrad, provides the proper perspective at World Cup," 20 June 2018 The mummy was male, according to the DNA test, and was likely Djehutynakht, a prominent Egyptian dignitary whose tomb overlooked the Nile Valley. Cristela Guerra, BostonGlobe.com, "The MFA, the FBI, and the 4,000-year-old mummy," 25 Apr. 2018 In today's news of how to live like a deep-pocketed foreign dignitary, the W New York Downtown announced a package that allows guests to take over an entire floor of the hotel for a weekend. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "You Can Take Over an Entire Floor of This NYC Hotel," 13 Jan. 2016 Those foreign dignitaries flying state aircraft into New York's Kennedy Airport will be greeted with strict enforcement of security rules requiring the planes to depart within two hours of touching down. Tom Hays, Fox News, "Police beef up security for UN gathering, Trump visit," 22 Sep. 2018 Rodriguez landed a spot on the new swing’s first ride during an opening day party that drew hundreds of riders, dignitaries and curious bystanders who never quite worked up the nerve to take the three-minute ride. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Sky-high Starflyer debuts for I-Drive thrill-seekers," 1 June 2018 Along with meeting dignitaries and learning about Greek culture, the couple attended a banquet on Wednesday in Athens hosted by President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and his wife Vlassia. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Camilla Parker Bowles Is the Definition of Elegance in This Gown," 11 May 2018 Armistice Day coincides with Veterans Day in the U.S. With the Eiffel Tower in the background, Mr. Trump addressed a crowd that included six American veterans of World War II, as well as members of Congress and French dignitaries. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Macron Sounds Warning on Nationalism as Leaders Mark Armistice Day," 11 Nov. 2018 Otto’s rooms would eventually see a succession of Nazi dignitaries pass through, even if Toussaint himself was no lover of Hitler. Caroline Moorehead, WSJ, "‘The Last Palace’ Review: History Happened Here," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of dignitary

1603, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dignitary

: a person who has a high rank or an important position


dig·​ni·​tary | \ ˈdig-nə-ˌter-ē \
plural dignitaries

Kids Definition of dignitary

: a person of high position or honor The President met with dignitaries from other countries.

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