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dignitary

[ dig-ni-ter-ee ]
/ ˈdɪg nɪˌtɛr i /
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noun, plural dig·ni·tar·ies.

a person who holds a high rank or office, as in the government or church.

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Origin of dignitary

First recorded in 1665–75; dignit(y) + -ary
Related formsdig·ni·tar·i·al [dig-ni-tair-ee-uh l] /ˌdɪg nɪˈtɛər i əl/, adjective
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dignitary

/ (ˈdɪɡnɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -taries

a person of high official position or rank, esp in government or the church
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Word Origin and History for dignitaries

dignitary


n.

1670s; see dignity + -ary. Related: Dignitaries (plural).

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