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dignitary Line breaks: dig¦ni|tary
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪɡnɪt(ə)ri/

Definition of dignitary in English:

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.


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

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