Definition of a name to conjure with in English:

a name to conjure with

phrase

  • Used to indicate that a particular person is very important or well regarded.

    ‘on the merger scene his is a name to conjure with’
    • ‘If his name is no longer a name to conjure with among students and practitioners of war, it is in part because his point of view has been so widely adopted, even by those unaware of his work.’
    • ‘In some ways, the most interesting story is that of the leader, Muntz, not a name to conjure with but an intriguing player all the same.’
    • ‘I used to live there for four years and when I moved to Brighton last year couldn't bring myself to sever all ties with the place - not only has it a name to conjure with, but its a lovely area too.’
    • ‘It had, of course, always been a name to conjure with.’
    • ‘It is hardly a name to conjure with here.’
    • ‘However, this is what made it a name to conjure with, as far as young Japanese are concerned.’
    • ‘The Plantagenets wanted him christened Henry after his grandfather, but Constance named him Arthur for the legendary King Arthur, a name to conjure with among the Bretons.’
    • ‘No matter how many super-yachts tie up in its old port, or how many visitors swarm through its narrow streets and along its cafe-crowded quays, St Tropez is still a name to conjure with.’
    • ‘Even in death her name was a name to conjure with.’
    • ‘Other writers on the centre left say that it is no longer a name to conjure with when trying to persuade their readers of anything at all.’