dignitary dig"ni*ta*ry, n.; pl. {dignitaries}. [Cf. F. dignitaire, fr. L. dignitas.] One who possesses exalted rank or holds a position of dignity or honor; especially, one who holds an ecclesiastical rank above that of a parochial priest or clergyman. [1913 Webster]

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