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big name

a person who has a preeminent public reputation in a specified field:
He's a big name in education.
1930-35, Americanism


[big-neym] /ˈbɪgˌneɪm/
having a widespread public reputation as a leader in a specified field; famous:
a big-name doctor; a big-name actress.
of, relating to, or composed of a big-name person or persons.
1925-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for big-name
  • If you're lucky, you might see a big-name professional artist pop in for a jam session.
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  • The big-name gadget reviewers all took the device for a spin.
  • Not according to many big-name political pundits and political strategists.
  • These days, audiences in the mood for a summer blockbuster are attracted more by big-name characters than big-name actors.
  • The big draw at the cinema used to be the big-name actor.
  • Instead of consensus, we've had a lot of intramural catfights between big-name economists.
  • Those are two pretty big-name advocates for a longer school year.
  • They infiltrate every conference and every accreditation meeting and have big-name supporters.
  • Over the past decade, big-name companies are scaling back their use of trade shows for major product release announcements.
British Dictionary definitions for big-name

big name

  1. a famous person
  2. (as modifier): a big-name performer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for big-name

big name


: a big-name star/ They get a big-name fee

noun phrase
  1. A celebrated person, personality, or entity, esp a star entertainer: Hollywood figures only the big names are bankable
  2. A prominent reputation; fame: The group has a big name in the Boston area (1920s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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