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
Unlike policemen, they are not called away to supervise a parade or protect a dignitary.
Then the warden has her dragged to the yard to present a positive image of the prison to a visiting dignitary.
At the time, such conversions were sufficiently rare to merit the same treatment as a visit by a foreign dignitary.
They are tasked with traffic enforcement and dignitary escorts throughout the year.
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