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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He got to know many of the big names involved in the business in those times.’
    • ‘This past year we heard some big names come clean about why they used to drink or abuse drugs.’
    • ‘It isn't primarily about the big names and grand events of history, it is about the substance of ordinary lives.’
    • ‘The Kenyan line up has not yet been announced but it is understood that there will be some big names present.’
    • ‘The city boasts of at least four big names in the animation training business.’
    • ‘Along with some of the big names in the music industry, you also get a chance to become a millionaire.’
    • ‘But how did he manage to get such big names to appear in such a low-budget movie?’
    • ‘So far he's been touted as the big name celebrity to enter the house - could the adjournment be anything to do with that?’
    • ‘He brought big names to the theatre from the world of cinema and stage and served for 40 years before retiring.’
    • ‘The club has described the concert as a ‘major coup’ as it tries to attract big names to the venue.’
    • ‘One way to make lots of people see your weird movies is to get big names in your films.’
    • ‘Table tennis fans were treated to a spectacular night of top class skills by two of the sport's big names.’
    • ‘It was the music that brought many big names to watch the play, she recollects.’
    • ‘He has been to Nashville where he met some of the big names from country music.’
    • ‘Most of the big names are absent this week in the build-up to the US Masters.’
    • ‘The top class field were humbled by the strong design and some big names succumbed to the conditions.’
    • ‘Judging by the numerous posts already up, it is far from the token effort we sometimes see from big names who take to blogging.’
    • ‘At the same time, international tastes are converging on the big names.’
    vip, important person, notable, notability, personage, dignitary, grandee
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Pronunciation

big name

/ˌbiɡˈnām/