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bigwig

[ big-wig ]
/ ˈbɪgˌwɪg /
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM bigwig

bigwigged, 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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