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dignitary

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The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
dignitary \dig"ni*ta*ry\, n.; pl. dignitaries . [Cf. F. dignitaire, fr. L. dignitas.] One who possesses exalted rank or holds a position of dignity or honor; especially, one who holds an ecclesiastical rank above that of a parochial priest or clergyman.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1670s; see dignity + -ary . Related: Dignitaries (plural).

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noun COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS ■ ADJECTIVE civic ▪ The mayor and civic dignitaries met us in a blaze of colour at Bow Bridge with the usual greetings and pleasantries. foreign ▪ Just one Berlin politician, not even the Bürgermeister, and without any supporting ...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. an important or influential (and often overbearing) person [syn: very important person , VIP , high-up , panjandrum , high muckamuck ]

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia