- an important person, especially an official: senators and other political bigwigs.
Origin of bigwig
First recorded in 1725–35; rhyming compound from phrase big wig, i.e., person important enough to wear such a wig
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Examples from the Web for bigwig
Robert Downey Jr. plays the son, a bigwig Chicago attorney who proudly defends wealthy white-collar criminals.Robert Downey Jr. Just Made the Year’s Sappiest Flick
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That's a bigwig Republican talking, a man who ran for statewide office in New York and possibly will again.GOPer Says Romney Wrong on Bailout
October 29, 2012
And now and again some Bigwig versed in science murmured the word 'Fats.'
This he said to his private secretary, who came to notice the arrival of some bigwig.Framley Parsonage
Once a year some 'bigwig' comes from Bangalore to review them.Gold, Sport, And Coffee Planting In Mysore
Robert H. Elliot
On the present occasion he welcomed Arkady with all the bonhomie, all the jocosity, of an "enlightened" bigwig.Fathers and Sons
Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
And abruptly changing the subject, he talked of pictures to the pleasant Bigwig in the sleepy afternoon.
- informal an important person
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Word Origin and History for bigwig
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