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1. An important visitor who is entertained impressively.
2. A visitor, especially a tourist or conventioneer, thought to be a free spender.
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informal US a visitor whose presence is noticed because he is an important figure, a lavish spender, etc
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an influential person accorded special treatment while visiting an organization, industry, city, etc.
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