bigwig

[ big-wig ]
/ ˈbɪgˌwɪg /

noun Informal.

an important person, especially an official: senators and other political bigwigs.

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Origin of bigwig

First recorded in 1725–35; rhyming compound from phrase big wig, i.e., person important enough to wear such a wig
Related formsbig·wigged, adjectivebig·wig·ged·ness [big-wig-id-nis] /ˈbɪgˈwɪg ɪd nɪs/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bigwig

bigwig

/ (ˈbɪɡˌwɪɡ) /

noun

informal an important person
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Word Origin and History for bigwig

bigwig


n.

1731, from big + wig, in reference to the imposing wigs formerly worn by men of rank or authority.

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