• A person notable or important in a particular sphere.

    ‘schools governed by local worthies’
    • ‘The performance opens at a seemingly innocuous meeting of a village fête committee, made up of a drunk vicar and an array of ineffectual local worthies who deliver a string of bawdy one-liners.’
    • ‘Indeed, Scott was among a number of literary worthies who celebrated the area in song and praised it in pen.’
    • ‘The private donors on whom civic authorities had largely relied were always to a substantial extent local worthies who served on their councils and were expected to reciprocate local honour with generosity.’
    • ‘The idea of decorum had its strongest hold on the traditions of portraiture of nobles and worthies.’
    • ‘Club members and local worthies wait to tuck in at the Harvest’
    • ‘The departure lounge at Kirkwall was packed with enough local worthies to fill a jumbo jet.’
    • ‘The worthies claimed that the jeeps had literally come apart during campaigning as they carried 20 to 25 campaigners over the worst possible terrain.’
    • ‘These rights were guarded jealously, and one of the most predictable sights of a new reign was the procession of local worthies petitioning the king for their confirmation.’
    • ‘Various worthies expressed anxiety last week at the high number of pupils failing maths, and at the drop in the number taking the subject at higher level.’
    • ‘Does it ever occur to the worthies of our beloved city council that they may owe the residents of York more consideration than they seem to afford us?’
    • ‘Though many of the worthies are media personalities, and usually able to affect an easy, relaxed air before the cameras, most of them seem a little awkward - they must be nervous.’
    • ‘We offered a few local worthies well known for their forthright opinions the chance to let off a bit of steam.’
    • ‘As far as his plans for this food museum are concerned, I must admit that I have yet to find anyone who is keen on it, and understand that the presentation to the worthies in Bedford by the company seeking to set up this museum was simply awful!’
    • ‘The assembled civic worthies and their university visitors were confronted by the apparition of the mayor, clad in what appeared to be a rumpled pyjama shirt under his coat.’
    • ‘He's dealing with estate agents, property developers and local worthies with an almost scary efficiency.’
    • ‘Gary's soon rubbing shoulders with other local worthies, games sponsors, competitors and visitors.’
    • ‘Personally, I would like to see a lot more art recognising local worthies, not because I like to massage egos but because I would like to see a lot more local worthies doing things deemed worthy of such recognition.’
    • ‘The clock has been built without public consultation by a bunch of worthies,’ she said.’
    • ‘At no stage did any of these worthies think it necessary to do some fact-checking before besmirching the reputation of a former cabinet officer.’
    • ‘The worthies on the committee also attempted to explain why those mistakes - in surveillance, in intelligence-gathering, analysis and co-ordination - were made.’
    dignitary, notable, notability, celebrity, personage, famous person, important person, person of note, luminary, public figure, official, pillar of society, grandee, panjandrum, leading light, name, big name, somebody, someone
    vip, top brass, mr big, big daddy, big shot, bigwig, big cheese, big fish, big gun, big noise, celeb, biggie, heavy, hotshot
    lady muck, lord muck, nob
    big wheel, kahuna, big kahuna, macher, high muckamuck, high muckety-muck
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