Definition of big name in English:

big name

(also big noise)

noun

informal
  • A person who is famous in a certain sphere:

    ‘he's a big name in gymnastics’
    • ‘At the same time, international tastes are converging on the big names.’
    • ‘Table tennis fans were treated to a spectacular night of top class skills by two of the sport's big names.’
    • ‘It isn't primarily about the big names and grand events of history, it is about the substance of ordinary lives.’
    • ‘So far he's been touted as the big name celebrity to enter the house - could the adjournment be anything to do with that?’
    • ‘One thing I never tried to be was a celebrity, a big name in this profession.’
    • ‘Whether those big names come to us or not, we'll still be here doing our thing.’
    • ‘One way to make lots of people see your weird movies is to get big names in your films.’
    • ‘The Kenyan line up has not yet been announced but it is understood that there will be some big names present.’
    • ‘He got to know many of the big names involved in the business in those times.’
    • ‘But how did he manage to get such big names to appear in such a low-budget movie?’
    • ‘It was the music that brought many big names to watch the play, she recollects.’
    • ‘This past year we heard some big names come clean about why they used to drink or abuse drugs.’
    • ‘He has been to Nashville where he met some of the big names from country music.’
    • ‘He brought big names to the theatre from the world of cinema and stage and served for 40 years before retiring.’
    • ‘The top class field were humbled by the strong design and some big names succumbed to the conditions.’
    • ‘The club has described the concert as a ‘major coup’ as it tries to attract big names to the venue.’
    • ‘Along with some of the big names in the music industry, you also get a chance to become a millionaire.’
    • ‘The city boasts of at least four big names in the animation training business.’
    • ‘Most of the big names are absent this week in the build-up to the US Masters.’
    • ‘Judging by the numerous posts already up, it is far from the token effort we sometimes see from big names who take to blogging.’
    vip, important person, notable, notability, personage, dignitary, grandee
    celebrity
    magnate, mogul
    somebody, heavyweight, hotshot, big shot, big gun, big cheese, big fish, biggie, big bug, big chief, big daddy, honcho
    brass hat
    big wheel
    joss
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Pronunciation

big name

/ˌbɪɡ ˈneɪm/