dignitary

noun
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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Other Words from dignitary

dignitary adjective

Examples of dignitary in a Sentence

The dinner was attended by many foreign dignitaries.
Recent Examples on the Web They will be joined by dignitaries and service members. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Pearl Harbor deadly shooting: Navy weighs beefing up security for Dec. 7 ceremony," 5 Dec. 2019 Greta was due to be met in Lisbon by local dignitaries and other activists. Washington Post, "Greta Thunberg completes sail to attend U.N. climate conference in Spain," 4 Dec. 2019 Those include providing security at presidential inaugurations, visits by foreign dignitaries and the massive rallies that periodically come to the District. Peter Jamison, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump’s July Fourth event and protests bankrupted Washington security fund, mayor says," 10 July 2019 Those include providing security at presidential inaugurations, visits by foreign dignitaries and the massive rallies that periodically come to the District. Peter Jamison, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s July Fourth event and protests emptied D.C. security fund, mayor says," 10 July 2019 Those include providing security at presidential inaugurations, visits by foreign dignitaries and the massive rallies that periodically come to the District. oregonlive.com, "President Trump’s July Fourth event and weekend protests bankrupted Washington security fund, mayor says," 10 July 2019 Those include providing security at presidential inaugurations, visits by foreign dignitaries and the massive rallies that periodically come to the District. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "President Trump’s Fourth of July event and weekend protests bankrupted Washington security fund, mayor says," 10 July 2019 Show sponsors were solicited from all throughout the state and included dignitaries such as former Maryland Gov. J. Millard Tawes as well as many local businesses. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dayhoff: Yes, they used to ride horses at the Westminster Riding Club," 22 Nov. 2019 Officers and enlisted men joined civilian dignitaries for ceremonies Monday at Offutt Air Force Base. USA TODAY, "Feral pig invasion, giant Christmas pyramid, rampaging fox attacks humans: News from around our 50 states," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of dignitary

1603, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dignitary was in 1603

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11 Dec 2019

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“Dignitary.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dignitary. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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dignitary

noun
How to pronounce dignitary (audio)

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 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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