Definition of bigwig in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbiɡˌwiɡ/


An important person, usually in a particular sphere. Also called big wheel.
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?
VIP, (very) important person, notable, dignitary, grandee;
informal somebody, heavyweight, big shot, big gun, big cheese, big fish, big kahuna, big wheel, top gun

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Syllabification: big·wig

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