- having a widespread public reputation as a leader in a specified field; famous: a big-name doctor; a big-name actress.
- of, relating to, or composed of a big-name person or persons.
Origin of big-name
An Americanism dating back to 1925–30
- a person who has a preeminent public reputation in a specified field: He's a big name in education.
Origin of big name
An Americanism dating back to 1930–35
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Examples from the Web for big-name
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- a famous person
- (as modifier)a big-name performer
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