from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A very important person.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A great man; a person of consequence; one high in authority or rank.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Jocose A person of consequence.

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  • noun jocose A person of importance to a group or organization

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

  • noun the most important person in a group or undertaking


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big +‎ wig This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. English people used to wear wigs which denote their position in the government. The size of the wig varies with the position and the one with higher position will have a bigger wig.


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