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

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 Roughly 4,300 years ago, an ancient Egyptian dignitary who handled secret documents for the pharaoh died unexpectedly. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2022 Especially for a fellow African who shares his passion for our motherland, an audience with Burna feels a bit like one with a dignitary. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 12 May 2022 On Monday, the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, became the latest Western dignitary to travel to Ukraine, touring the historic city of Odesa, which has come under increasing fire from Russian forces. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the latest high-profile Washington dignitary to test positive for COVID-19. Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC News, 8 Apr. 2022 Such explicit scenes of wreckage have rarely, if ever, been shown to lawmakers in an address delivered by a foreign dignitary, and the effect was immediately palpable. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Billie Jean King came out as the on-field dignitary this year. Marc Bona, cleveland, 14 Feb. 2022 The ceremony ends with the lighting of the Olympic torch, often by a dignitary of the host nation. WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 Another judge asked whether a president would be liable after hitting a golf ball that strikes someone while playing with a foreign dignitary. Robert Legare, CBS News, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dignitary

1603, in the meaning defined above

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“Dignitary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dignitary. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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