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.

Nearby words

  1. big-headed,
  2. big-hearted,
  3. big-league,
  4. big-leaguer,
  5. big-leaved magnolia,
  6. big-note,
  7. big-room,
  8. big-tent,
  9. big-ticket,
  10. biga

Origin of big-name

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30

big name


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for big-name

big name


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