bigwig

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbɪgwɪg/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbɪgˌwɪg/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bigwig′)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
big•wig /ˈbɪgˌwɪg/USA pronunciation   n. [countable] Informal.
  1. Informal Termsan important person, esp. a high-ranking official:political bigwigs.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
big•wig  (bigwig′),USA pronunciation n. [Informal.]
  1. Informal Termsan important person, esp. an official:senators and other political bigwigs.
bigwigged′, adj. 
big•wig•ged•ness  (bigwig′),USA pronunciation n. 
  • 1725–35; rhyming compound from phrase big wig, i.e., person important enough to wear such a wig

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bigwig /ˈbɪɡˌwɪɡ/ n
  1. informal an important person
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