noun Informal.
an important person, especially an official: senators and other political bigwigs.

1725–35; rhyming compound from phrase big wig, i.e., person important enough to wear such a wig

bigwigged, adjective
bigwiggedness [big-wig-id-nis] , noun Unabridged
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bigwig (ˈbɪɡˌwɪɡ)
informal an important person

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Word Origin & History

1731, from big + wig, in ref. to the imposing wigs formerly worn by men of rank or authority.
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bigwig definition

  1. n.
    an important person; a self-important person. : Some bigwig in a pinstripe suit waltzed through and asked me to leave.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
He was threatened by a cosmological bigwig, who told him he'd be regarded as a crank if he kept it up.
Usually it will go to a village bigwig, perhaps with a little help from local officials.
Normally, when a party applauds a defeated or deposed bigwig there is a strong whiff of hypocrisy in the air.
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