big name

noun
a person who has a preeminent public reputation in a specified field: He's a big name in education.

Origin:
1930–35, Americanism

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big-name

[big-neym]
adjective
1.
having a widespread public reputation as a leader in a specified field; famous: a big-name doctor; a big-name actress.
2.
of, pertaining to, or composed of a big-name person or persons.

Origin:
1925–30, Americanism

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big name
 
n
informal
 a.  a famous person
 b.  (as modifier): a big-name performer

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big name definition


  1. n.
    a famous and important person. : Lots of big names were there lending their support to the cause.
  2. mod.
    and big-name. famous; important. : Some big-name star I've never heard of was there pretending to serve dinner.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
If you're lucky, you might see a big-name professional artist pop in for a jam
  session.
Whether you're a vacationing tyro or a big-name pro, there's a wave here with
  your name on it.
The big-name gadget reviewers all took the device for a spin.
Not according to many big-name political pundits and political strategists.
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