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or V.I.P

[vee-ahy-pee] /ˈviˈaɪˈpi/
very important person.
Origin of VIP
First recorded in 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You and all the rest of the newshawks who were here and any fifty VIP's you want to invite.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • The VIP's thought that the native population should be aware of it.

    To Choke an Ocean

    Jesse F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone
  • Goil then excused himself coldly and left for the VIP quarters.

    Jack of No Trades Charles Cottrell
  • These exercises executed with vim, vigor, and VIP—deep breathing between each set—will take ten to fifteen minutes.

    Diet and Health Lulu Hunt Peters
  • Chermany cannot be VIP, but Ameriga shall down mit her knees go, und Chermany shall says vords dot Ameriga does not like to hear.

British Dictionary definitions for VIP


very important person
visually impaired person
vasoactive intestinal peptide: a polypeptide secreted by the small intestine during digestion and also found in the brain as a neurotransmitter: large amounts in the blood cause diarrhoea
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for VIP

also V.I.P., 1933, initialism for very important person or personage.

At most, the greatest persons, are but great wens, and excrescences; men of wit and delightfull conversation, but as moales for ornament, except they be so incorporated into the body of the world, that they contribute something to the sustentation of the whole. [John Donne, letter to Sir Henry Goodere, Sept. 1608]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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VIP in Medicine

VIP abbr.
vasoactive intestinal polypeptide

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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VIP in Culture
VIP [(vee-eye-pee)]

An abbreviation for “Very Important Person”: “The luncheon will be exclusive, with VIPs only.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for VIP



A very important person; big shot (1933+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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