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- n. an important or influential (and often overbearing) person
The term was coined between 1927 and 1934, starting in the Russian emigration. A transliteration of В.И.П., the Russian abbreviation of весьма именитая персона (transliterated as "vesima imenitaya persona"). (Wiktionary)