An important person, especially in a particular sphere: government bigwigs
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- Significantly, the violators include some political bigwigs, powerful businessman and town planners.
- Politicians, princes and bigwigs of every stripe vied for a place in their circle and were roundly rejected.
- What on earth induced the local bigwigs to want to wreck this picture postcard image by adding ‘city’ to the list?
VIP, important person, notable, notability, personage, dignitary, grandee, panjandrum; celebrity; magnate, mogul
informal somebody, heavyweight, hotshot, big shot, big noise, big gun, big cheese, big fish, biggie, big bug, Big Chief, Big Daddy, honcho
British informal brass hat
North American informal big wheel
Australian/New Zealand informal joss
early 18th century: so named from the large wigs formerly worn by distinguished men.