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a. a famous person
b. (as modifier): a big-name performer.
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a recognized leader in a particular field: one of the big names in education.
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noun celebrity, star, personality, superstar, name, dignitary, luminary, bigwig (informal), celeb (informal), face (informal), big shot (informal), personage, megastar (informal), lion, V.I.P. all the big names in rock and pop
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