Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person of high rank or position.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an important or influential person, or one of high rank or position

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who possesses exalted rank or holds a position of dignity or honor; especially, one who holds an ecclesiastical rank above that of a parochial priest or clergyman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who holds an exalted rank or office; especially, an ecclesiastic who ranks higher than a priest or canon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an important or influential (and often overbearing) person

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Palace when the promoter, Bob Arum, introduced him to a visiting dignitary from the South Korean Boxing Federation – Lieutenant General

    Heroes or Villains?

  • BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A boy of a foreign dignitary is almost killed while in Gotham City, and Batman recieves unexpected aid from Green Arrow.

    July 2006

  • Chase: “Standing up and interrupting the speech of a visiting dignitary is not the place nor the time.”

    Think Progress » VIDEO: Maliki Speech Interrupted By War Protestor

  • Standing up and interrupting the speech of a visiting dignitary is not the place nor the time.

    Think Progress » VIDEO: Maliki Speech Interrupted By War Protestor

  • One day, after having completed five surgeries, I picked up my wife and drove to a formal dinner being held in Manhattan in honor of a titled dignitary.

    Manifesting Michelangelo

  • Manx, the millionnaire, was an acquaintance of the new Judge and titled dignitary, Sir Cramborne Wathin, and she visited Lady Wathin, at whose table the report in the journals of the Nile-boat party was mentioned.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • Her uncle, Mr. Quintin Manx, the millionnaire, was an acquaintance of the new Judge and titled dignitary, Sir Cramborne Wathin, and she visited Lady Wathin, at whose table the report in the journals of the Nile-boat party was mentioned.

    Diana of the Crossways — Volume 2

  • I dunno ... playing a "dignitary," the author as visiting guest.

    Adventures of a Couch-Hopping Scribbler Part 2: That Toddlin Town

  • We had to get to school 30-60 minutes earlier than usual, stand in line in the sweltering heat, watch some "dignitary" we didn't know or care about raise the flag in an awkward manner and pose for pictures that would make the next day's local papers, and then pick up oversweet candy with our sweaty hands to make up for a job well done.

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  • The SS men and occasional woman are there to protect the "dignitary" they are assigned to - not Clinton's dog Buddy roadkill or woman's pocketbooks.

    What a humiliation for the Secret Service!

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