- The definition of a dignitary is a person with a high rank or who holds an important position.
An ambassador or high ranking politician is an example of a dignitary.
dignitary definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. dignitaries
a person holding a high, dignified position or office
Origin: ; from Classical Latin dignitas, dignity plush -ary
of or like a dignitary
dignitary definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. dig·ni·tar·ies
A person of high rank or position.