noun, plural dignitaries.
a person who holds a high rank or office, as in the government or church.

1665–75; dignit(y) + -ary

dignitarial [dig-ni-tair-ee-uhl] , adjective
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dignitary (ˈdɪɡnɪtərɪ, -trɪ)
n , pl -taries
a person of high official position or rank, esp in government or the church

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Word Origin & History

1670s, from dignity. Related: Dignitaries (pl.).
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Example sentences
Pigs run wild on a highway while dignitaries swim in a polluted river.
To his surprise he began to get hired from time to time to follow dignitaries
  and celebrities around.
We retrace our steps and eventually find our way to the director's office,
  where various dignitaries are gathering.
These pieces are given as gifts to foreign dignitaries and are able to observe
  and communicate back.
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