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 Dictionary entry overview: What does influential person mean? 

  The noun INFLUENTIAL PERSON has 1 sense:

1. a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events

  Familiarity information: INFLUENTIAL PERSON used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1influential person [BACK TO TOP]


A person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events

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Nouns denoting people


important person; influential person; personage

Hypernyms ("influential person" is a kind of...):

adult; grownup (a fully developed person from maturity onward)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "influential person"):

big cheese; big deal; big enchilada; big fish; big gun; big shot; big wheel; head honcho (an important influential person)

figure; name; public figure (a well-known or notable person)

nepotist (a powerful person who shows favoritism to relatives or close friends)

policy maker (someone who sets the plan pursued by a government or business etc.)

power broker; powerbroker (a person who is important by virtue of the people or votes they control)

sacred cow (a person unreasonably held to be immune to criticism)

sirdar (an important person in India)

socialite (a socially prominent person)

sun (a person considered as a source of warmth or energy or glory etc)

dignitary; high muckamuck; high-up; panjandrum; very important person; VIP (an important or influential (and often overbearing) person)

magnificio (a person of distinguished rank or appearance)

bigwig; kingpin; top banana (the most important person in a group or undertaking)

celebrity; famous person (a widely known person)

behemoth; colossus; giant; heavyweight; titan (a person of exceptional importance and reputation)

elder statesman (any influential person whose advice is highly respected)

eminence grise ((French) a person who exercises power or influence in certain areas without holding an official position)

Excellency (a title used to address dignitaries (such as ambassadors or governors); usually preceded by 'Your' or 'His' or 'Her')

fixer; influence peddler (someone who intervenes with authorities for a person in trouble (usually using underhand or illegal methods for a fee))

heavy hitter (an influential person who works hard to promote the causes they are interested in)

high-muck-a-muck; pooh-bah (an arrogant or conceited person of importance)

kingmaker (an important person who can bring leaders to power through the exercise of political influence)

worthy (word is often used humorously)

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