dignitary

noun
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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dignitary adjective

Examples of dignitary in a Sentence

The dinner was attended by many foreign dignitaries.

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Other chefs and restauranteurs said that New Yorkers are used to celebrity guests and dignitaries. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Can Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Come Back to New York City?," 20 June 2018 Kim, who is believed to be in his 30s (his exact age is a state secret), took office as supreme leader in 2011 and has had scant exposure to foreign dignitaries. Philip Rucker, The Seattle Times, "The ‘dotard’ meets ‘Little Rocket Man’: Trump and Kim are adversaries with many similarities," 10 June 2018 Kim, who is believed to be in his 30s (his exact age is a state secret), took office as supreme leader in 2011 and has had scant exposure to foreign dignitaries. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "The ‘dotard’ meets ‘Little Rocket Man’: Trump and Kim are adversaries with many similarities," 10 June 2018 The message to foreign dignitaries and executives passing through Beijing used to be that China was a deeply pragmatic, bureaucratic state, and that the party, a relic from its past, was quietly humming along in the background. The Economist, "China’s Communist Party meets the world," 28 Mar. 2018 Kushner was soon bragging about his closeness to Arab leaders to other foreign dignitaries in Washington. Robert F. Worth, New York Times, "Can Jim Mattis Hold the Line in Trump’s ‘War Cabinet’?," 26 Mar. 2018 After the Royal Court was seated, the Rex Organization proceeded with its tradition of presenting medals to visiting dignitaries. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Rex, Comus continue 100-plus year tradition at their Carnival balls," 14 Feb. 2018 At an inauguration attended by government officials and foreign dignitaries, Mr. Camilo released new images taken by MeerKAT of the region surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, some 25,000 light years away. Wendell Roelf, The Christian Science Monitor, "South Africa's MeerKAT telescope will help uncover next space frontier," 13 July 2018 The event, attended by Israeli government ministers and Knesset members, also featured guest speaker U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, along with other dignitaries. Josh Hasten, Jewish Journal, "U.S. first-responders study methodology in Israel," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of dignitary

1603, in the meaning defined above

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dignitary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dignitary

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

dignitary

noun
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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