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Noun: dignitary  'dig-nu,te-ree [N. Amer], dig-nu-t(u-)ree [Brit]
  1. An important or influential (and often overbearing) person
    - very important person, VIP, high-up, panjandrum, high muckamuck [N. Amer]

Derived forms: dignitaries

Type of: important person, influential person, personage

Encyclopedia: Dignitary, Ecclesiastical