Big name



a person who has a preeminent public reputation in a specified field:
He’s a big name in education.
having a widespread public reputation as a leader in a specified field; famous:
a big-name doctor; a big-name actress.
of, relating to, or composed of a big-name person or persons.
Contemporary Examples

My Night at the NSFW Oscars Richard Abowitz January 21, 2014
The Jockey Club Makes a Comeback Sandra McElwaine December 6, 2008
Wall Street’s Biggest Players Avoiding Bets on Eurozone Financial Crisis Alex Klein July 6, 2012
Who Needs an Oil Spill Czar? Reihan Salam May 28, 2010
College: When Second Choice Is Best Sushma Subramanian May 1, 2010

Historical Examples

Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves Work Projects Administration
The Manxman Hall Caine
Blue Bonnet’s Ranch Party C. E. Jacobs
Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
Dariel R. D. Blackmore

noun
(informal)

a famous person
(as modifier): a big-name performer

A celebrated person, personality, or entity, esp a star entertainer: Hollywood figures only the big names are bankable
A prominent reputation; fame: The group has a big name in the Boston area (1920s+)

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