Definition of bigwig in English:



  • An important person, especially in a particular sphere.

    ‘government bigwigs’
    • ‘He chuckled as did the assembled DC bigwigs of press and politics.’
    • ‘The audience was an array of stars, rowdy fans and industry bigwigs, including Virgin magnate Richard Branson.’
    • ‘Many corporate bigwigs and sports personalities were seen teeing off at the Karnataka Golf Association here.’
    • ‘In this most recent case I'd say a personal contact from a bigwig at this company is a highly encouraging sign, but becomes much less so when he fails to ever reply to additional samples or requests for confirmation of receipt.’
    • ‘Local politicians, normally passed over by Washington bigwigs, suddenly find themselves courted by all nine of the runners.’
    • ‘This impression is not dispelled by the ‘not our fault, guv’ approach from the bigwigs at the Ministry of Defence.’
    • ‘Significantly, the violators include some political bigwigs, powerful businessman and town planners.’
    • ‘It is not an official diplomatic conference, but all the top brass and political bigwigs can be found there.’
    • ‘What on earth induced the local bigwigs to want to wreck this picture postcard image by adding ‘city’ to the list?’
    • ‘Politicians, princes and bigwigs of every stripe vied for a place in their circle and were roundly rejected.’
    • ‘Madrid Mayor and ruling party bigwigs have consented to participate in the inaugural ceremony.’
    • ‘Arvind, a college teacher catches Rajkumar, son of a political bigwig, in the examination hall while the latter is copying.’
    • ‘There is nothing official about this drive as there is no circular from the police stations and no directives from the bigwigs.’
    • ‘They're set to guard 9,000 leaders, trade negotiators, corporate bigwigs and bureaucrats.’
    • ‘Actually, I've often been asked why I don't leap into the affairs of politicians and corporate bigwigs.’
    • ‘Earlier during the day, it was all so formal with industry bigwigs around for the presentation of the management degrees.’
    • ‘Council bigwigs have hit back at suggestions a town centre road could be the ‘worst in Britain’ for parking.’
    • ‘In the late 1990s the itch to merge seemed to infect most of the bigwig chief executives.’
    • ‘Yes, the launch had the mandatory fashion show, with all the bigwigs, political and celluloid, in tandem.’
    • ‘Want to sway to a Caribbean beat along with political bigwigs at the New England Aquarium?’
    vip, important person, notable, notability, personage, dignitary, grandee, panjandrum
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Early 18th century: so named from the large wigs formerly worn by distinguished men.