bigwig

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First arose in the 1730s, from big +‎ wig. Formerly, English men of authority wore wigs. Bigwig plays on the idea that higher authority is denoted by a larger wig.

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bigwig (plural bigwigs)

  1. (humorous) A person of importance to a group or organization.
    The company bigwig is gathering his staff together for a meeting today.

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