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English people used to wear wigs which denote their position in the government. The size of the wig varies with the position and the one with higher position will have a bigger wig.
bigwig (plural bigwigs)
- (jocose) A person of importance to a group or organization
- The company bigwig is gathering his staff together for a meeting today.
- big cheese, big enchilada, big kahuna, big wheel, grand poobah, head honcho, kingpin, muckety muck, top banana, top dog
A person of importance