- vaudeville performed in the top-ranking, big-city theatrical circuits, at high pay
- the level regarded as highest in any profession, occupation, etc.
Slang at, of, or to a very great degree, extent, etc.: a big-time swindle, to be hurt big-time
The most prestigious level of attainment in a competitive field: made it to the big time with his latest film.
NounSee also: bigtime
(usually uncountable, plural big times)