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dignitary

[dig-ni-ter-ee] /ˈdɪg nɪˌtɛr i/
noun, plural dignitaries.
1.
a person who holds a high rank or office, as in the government or church.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; dignit(y) + -ary
Related forms
dignitarial
[dig-ni-tair-ee-uh l] /ˌdɪg nɪˈtɛər i əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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dignitary

/ˈdɪɡnɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -taries
1.
a person of high official position or rank, esp in government or the church
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Word Origin and History for dignitaries'

dignitary

n.

1670s; see dignity + -ary. Related: Dignitaries (plural).

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