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noun

a person who has a preeminent public reputation in a specified field: He's a big name in education.

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Origin of big name

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35

Definition for big name (2 of 2)

big-name
[ big-neym ]
/ ˈbɪgˌneɪm /

adjective

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
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British Dictionary definitions for big name

big name

noun

informal
  1. a famous person
  2. (as modifier)a big-name performer
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