dignitary (plural dignitaries)

  1. An important or influential person, or one of high rank or position.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic climbs highest to sink Benfica (in The Guardian, 15 May 2013)[1]
      It was a remarkable climax to a match that ended with another of those disappearing acts from John Terry only to re-emerge, in full kit, so he could climb the steps, shake the hands of Eusébio, Michel Platini and all the other dignitaries, then help Frank Lampard to lift the trophy.



dignitary (not comparable)

  1. Relating to dignity.
    • 2015, J. M. Bernstein, Torture and Dignity: An Essay on Moral Injury (page 140)
      The badness of a dignitary harm derives from the victim's belief that a perpetrator is willing to override or ignore her standing as a person with rights, with dignity, as evidenced by the wrongful criminal deed; []