noun (plural dignitaries)
A person considered to be important because of high rank or office.
- 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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