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Origin of VIP
Words nearby VIP
What does VIP mean?
VIP (or V.I.P.) is an abbreviation of very important person.
VIP is an informal way to refer to someone who is notable in some way and is given special treatment in a particular setting. It is also used to describe things involving special access for such people, as in phrases like VIP treatment or VIP pass. The plural of VIP is VIPs.
Example: The hotel provides additional security for the rooms reserved by VIPs like heads of state.
Where does VIP come from?
The first records of VIP come from the middle of the 1900s. Initially, it was most often applied to important, high-ranking military personnel. Over time, the term became a widely used abbreviation.
VIP most often refers to people like celebrities or wealthy customers who are given special privileges or treatment. Many businesses often label their most loyal (and highest-paying) customers as VIPs in order to offer them special perks. For example, a boutique might have an exclusive event for VIPs like celebrities and influencers who they hope will create interest in the business. People given such access and perks are often said to have received VIP treatment.
VIP is commonly used in phrases that refer to things that allow or involve special access. For example, some seats at concerts and sporting events are reserved for people with VIP passes. Amusement parks frequently offer (very expensive) VIP packages that have all kinds of extra benefits. If someone has VIP status within an organization, it means they are high in the chain of command or they have been granted access to things and sections that are off-limits to lower-ranking people. Often, such VIPs are given special badges to prove their status.
Since VIP is an abbreviation, it can stand for other things, such as visually impaired person.
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What are some other forms related to VIP?
- V.I.P. (alternate spelling)
- VIPs (plural)
- V.I.P.s (plural)
What are some synonyms for VIP?
- very important person
What are some words that often get used in discussing VIP?
How is VIP used in real life?
VIPs are usually celebrities or people who have paid for special access and privileges.
cwg shld be a public sports festival which every indian could enjoy. cant be reserved for vips and friends.
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) October 2, 2010
Not gonna lie, I’ve likely ate my share of the steak available in the VIP section of today’s beer festival.
— 🍺Brian (@BrianMSTL) February 29, 2020
— Condé Nast Traveler (@CNTraveler) January 14, 2016
Try using VIP!
Is VIP used correctly in the following sentence?
After the pop star announced that she was coming to the restaurant, the manager told his staff to treat her as a VIP and give her the best table.
Example sentences from the Web for VIP
More than likely he was celebrating from the VIP section, in the second floor rafters overlooking the dance floor.
His service as a guard had earned him the right to be the VIP greeter that day.Behind the Scenes With a ‘Site Agent’: The Secret Service’s Hardest Job|Marc Ambinder|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He began his evening on the fourth floor of the Taino Towers - near 123rd and Lexington Ave - in what was dubbed the VIP room.
As far as cash-grabs go, the VIP pass is only the tip of the iceberg.Coachella, Oasis For Douchebags and Trust Fund Babies, Should Be Avoided At All Costs|Marlow Stern|April 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As if celebrities needed further glorification, Tinder will now help them verify their VIP status when looking for love.
The VIP's thought that the native population should be aware of it.To Choke an Ocean|Jesse F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone
Discreetly avoiding the wine list, Sextus dined well, noting several movie stars and other vip's in the crowded dining room.Forsyte's Retreat|Winston Marks
These exercises executed with vim, vigor, and vip—deep breathing between each set—will take ten to fifteen minutes.Diet and Health|Lulu Hunt Peters
Goil then excused himself coldly and left for the VIP quarters.Jack of No Trades|Charles Cottrell
There's always something that has to be picked up personally, usually an interview with some VIP traveling through.Four-Day Planet|Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for VIP
Medical definitions for VIP
Cultural definitions for VIP
An abbreviation for “Very Important Person”: “The luncheon will be exclusive, with VIPs only.”