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bigwig

Line breaks: big¦wig
Pronunciation: /ˈbɪɡwɪɡ
 
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Definition of bigwig in English:

noun

informal
An important person, especially in a particular sphere: government bigwigs
More example sentences
  • 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?
Synonyms
VIP, important person, notable, notability, personage, dignitary, grandee, panjandrum;
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

Origin

early 18th century: so named from the large wigs formerly worn by distinguished men.

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