dig·​ni·​tary | \ ˈdig-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce dignitary (audio) , -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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Bransfield walked just behind Wuerl in a procession of global dignitaries, video of the event shows. Anchorage Daily News, "W. Virgnia bishop spent millions on himself and sent cash to priests he was accused of mistreating, Vatican report says," 5 June 2019 Bransfield walked just behind Wuerl in a procession of global dignitaries, video of the event shows. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: W. Va. bishop sent diocese funds to abuse victims," 5 June 2019 Don’t overthink it’ Trump will benefit from the applause and pageantry that comes with speaking to Washington’s elite, hundreds of lawmakers and dignitaries cheering him on. Tamar Hallerman, The Seattle Times, "‘Terrified’ Stacey Abrams prepares to counterpunch Trump’s State of Union," 5 Feb. 2019 Nearly 1,000 family members, dignitaries and strangers attended the service at Eastern Star Church. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Duck boat victims from same family mourned at Indiana funeral," 29 July 2018 To raise money for the 20th annual Park Road parade, local dignitaries donned aprons and waited tables at Effie’s Place Tuesday morning. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford Officials Wait Tables For Annual Park Road Parade Fundraiser," 12 June 2018 On March 30, royalty, aristocracy, dignitaries, and film stars fluttered into the Salle des Etoiles, Monaco’s premiere event venue. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "When Royalty Mingled With an Italian Elvis: Inside Bal de la Rose, Monaco’s Most Glamorous Night," 4 Apr. 2019 Morales, who flew to Israel especially, was accompanied by a handful of his ministers, congressmen and other dignitaries from his country. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "As criticism for Israel mounts, Guatemala opens its embassy in Jerusalem," 16 May 2018 The Democratic governor was in Albany but didn’t join other dignitaries for the opening of either the Assembly or Senate session. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "After Historic Swearing-In, New York Senate Majority Leader Lays Out Progressive Plan," 9 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce dignitary (audio) \
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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