Definition of dignitary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdiɡnəˌterē/

noun (plural dignitaries)

A person considered to be important because of high rank or office.
Example sentences
  • As with Tours in the past, it is hoped to have a number of local dignitaries present to start off this year's event.
  • Councillors and local dignitaries invited to the opening were equally enthused by the new centre.
  • These words were spoken by important dignitaries and by ordinary men and women.
worthy, personage, VIP, grandee, notable, pillar of society, luminary, leading light, big name
informal heavyweight, bigwig, top brass, top dog, big gun, big shot, big cheese, big chief, supremo, big wheel, big kahuna, big enchilada, top banana


Late 17th century: from dignity, on the pattern of the pairs propriety, proprietary.

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Syllabification: dig·ni·tar·y

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