Definition of bigwig in English:



  • An important person, especially in a particular sphere.

    ‘government bigwigs’
    • ‘Madrid Mayor and ruling party bigwigs have consented to participate in the inaugural ceremony.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Council bigwigs have hit back at suggestions a town centre road could be the ‘worst in Britain’ for parking.’
    • ‘He chuckled as did the assembled DC bigwigs of press and politics.’
    • ‘Want to sway to a Caribbean beat along with political bigwigs at the New England Aquarium?’
    • ‘Earlier during the day, it was all so formal with industry bigwigs around for the presentation of the management degrees.’
    • ‘Yes, the launch had the mandatory fashion show, with all the bigwigs, political and celluloid, in tandem.’
    • ‘Arvind, a college teacher catches Rajkumar, son of a political bigwig, in the examination hall while the latter is copying.’
    • ‘It is not an official diplomatic conference, but all the top brass and political bigwigs can be found there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They're set to guard 9,000 leaders, trade negotiators, corporate bigwigs and bureaucrats.’
    • ‘There is nothing official about this drive as there is no circular from the police stations and no directives from the bigwigs.’
    • ‘Significantly, the violators include some political bigwigs, powerful businessman and town planners.’
    • ‘Local politicians, normally passed over by Washington bigwigs, suddenly find themselves courted by all nine of the runners.’
    • ‘In the late 1990s the itch to merge seemed to infect most of the bigwig chief executives.’
    • ‘This impression is not dispelled by the ‘not our fault, guv’ approach from the bigwigs at the Ministry of Defence.’
    • ‘Actually, I've often been asked why I don't leap into the affairs of politicians and corporate bigwigs.’
    vip, important person, notable, notability, personage, dignitary, grandee, panjandrum
    magnate, mogul
    somebody, heavyweight, hotshot, big shot, big noise, big gun, big cheese, big fish, biggie, big bug, big chief, big daddy, honcho
    brass hat
    big wheel
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Early 18th century: so named from the large wigs formerly worn by distinguished men.