Etymology
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dignitary (n.)

"one who holds an exalted rank or office," 1670s; see dignity + -ary. Related: Dignitaries (plural).

updated on August 18, 2018

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Definitions of dignitary from WordNet

dignitary (n.)
an important or influential (and often overbearing) person;
Synonyms: very important person / vip / high-up / panjandrum / high muckamuck
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