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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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celebrity, luminary, VIP, official, star, bigwig

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British Dictionary definitions for dignitaries


noun plural -taries
  1. a person of high official position or rank, esp in government or the church
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Word Origin and History for dignitaries



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

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