One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person considered to be important because of high rank or office.
grandee, important person, vip, very important person, notable, notability, worthy, personage, luminary, public figure, pillar of society, leading light, leader, panjandrumView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Late 17th century: from dignity, on the pattern of the pairs propriety, proprietary.
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