- Informal. the highest or most important level in any profession or occupation: She's a talented violinist, but she's not ready for the big time.
- Slang. a very good time.
- Theater. (in vaudeville) any highly successful circuit of theaters that produces two performances daily.
Origin of big time
Examples from the Web for big time
Contemporary Examples of big time
But as her audience broadens, you have to wonder, is the big-time toxic to her art?Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
She says she met Cosby, a Temple alumnus and big-time donor to the university, in November 2002.How Bill Cosby Allegedly Silenced His Accusers Through A Tabloid Smear Campaign
November 21, 2014
A lot of big-time directors have been influenced by B-movie guys like Kaufman and Roger Corman, in particular.‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Filmmaker James Gunn on His Glorious Space Opera and Rise to the A-List
August 3, 2014
Taubin said he was shocked to allegations that his neighbor was a big-time weed grower.‘Weeds’ Come to Life? Scarsdale Mom Arrested in Massive Pot Bust
Winston Ross, Eliza Shapiro
June 6, 2013
Ware is part of the labor force that makes billions for big-time college sports.NCAA Championship: The Shame Behind the Game
April 8, 2013
Historical Examples of big time
Big-time Caribbean piracy had grown from very respectable origins.The Syndic
You know—a feeling like a try-out before a big-time manager.Believe You Me!
Nina Wilcox Putnam
Sherwoods are big-time people, you know; a sister who's a regular somebody.Children of the Whirlwind
No one rejoiced more than they when they learned that he was at last in the big-time circuit.The Radio Boys at the Sending Station
Krasnow is a big-time operator; I've always been, you might say, in the peanut end of the game.Back to Julie
- the big timethe highest or most profitable level of an occupation or profession, esp the entertainment business
- (as modifier)a big-time comedian
"upper reaches of a profession or pursuit," c.1910 from vaudeville slang; the phrase was common in colloquial use late 19c.-early 20c. in a broad range of senses: "party, shindig, fun, frolic."
An enjoyable or exciting time, as in The children came home exhausted but happy; they really had a big time at the circus. [Mid-1800s]
The highest or most important level in any enterprise, as in I knew that when I made it through the last audition, I was finally in the big time. [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see big league.