Definition of dignitary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪɡnɪt(ə)ri/

noun (plural dignitaries)

A person considered to be important because of high rank or office: the guests included former shareholders, local dignitaries, and many of the people directly involved with the project I presented bouquets to visiting dignitaries at my prep school
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  • 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.
grandee, important person, VIP, very important person, notable, notability, worthy, personage, luminary, public figure, pillar of society, leading light, leader, panjandrum;
famous person, distinguished person, eminent person, eminence, celebrity, celebutante, personality, name, big name, household name, star, superstar
British informal nob


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

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