Definition of dignitary in US English:

dignitary

noun

  • A person considered to be important because of high rank or office.

    • ‘Intelligence experts have also observed the construction of a grandstand for dignitaries invited to watch such a test.’
    • ‘It will require the tightest of security, including armed police guards to protect the visiting dignitaries.’
    • ‘One of our guys rolled his oversize truck on a residential street in front of a visiting dignitary.’
    • ‘They banned the public from attending the funeral, which was restricted to local and visiting dignitaries and family.’
    • ‘As usual the government is keeping local dignitaries in the dark.’
    • ‘Helen looks slightly concerned and is relieved when a local dignitary merely congratulates her on her name day without a hint of expectation.’
    • ‘A local dignitary ushered off the last musical act and wished us a safe journey home.’
    • ‘Locals and dignitaries mixed during a night of great music, free drink and an amazing atmosphere.’
    • ‘Councillors and local dignitaries invited to the opening were equally enthused by the new centre.’
    • ‘More than 50 of the district's leading business people and dignitaries are on the guest list.’
    • ‘After it was bought by the council, Glasgow dignitaries held parties in the castle while the crowds packed into the tearoom.’
    • ‘People are still held accountable for their actions, be it the simple breaking of a window, or the murder of a foreign dignitary, people cannot argue fate made them do it.’
    • ‘Among them were business leaders and civic dignitaries who helped raise £20,000.’
    • ‘The day dawned bright and sunny and the event was well attended by family, friends, local dignitaries and sponsors.’
    • ‘As with Tours in the past, it is hoped to have a number of local dignitaries present to start off this year's event.’
    • ‘Last Friday the firm's staff, local mayors and deputy mayors and other dignitaries were invited to the official launch.’
    • ‘These words were spoken by important dignitaries and by ordinary men and women.’
    • ‘The association asked local dignitaries to discover what life was like for a blind person by spending some time blindfolded.’
    • ‘He has stood by her when she met political leaders and foreign dignitaries.’
    • ‘Tanks from the Irish Army along with approximately 6,000 Irish troops in one of the biggest security operations ever mounted for a visiting dignitary.’
    grandee, important person, vip, very important person, notable, notability, worthy, personage, luminary, public figure, pillar of society, leading light, leader, panjandrum
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Origin

Late 17th century: from dignity, on the pattern of the pairs propriety, proprietary.

Pronunciation

dignitary

/ˈdɪɡnəˌtɛri//ˈdiɡnəˌterē/