Definition of dignitary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

dignitary

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈdɪɡnɪtəri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪɡnɪteri//
 
(pl. dignitaries)
 
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a person who has an important official position synonym VIP The Prime Minister will be meeting local dignitaries and visiting places of work. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from dignity, on the pattern of the pairs propriety, proprietary.
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