Very important person

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The "VIP Hall" (formerly the Imperial Pavilion) at the main train station in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

A very important person or personage[1] (VIP or V.I.P.) is a person who is accorded special privileges due to their high social status, influence or importance.[2][3] The term was not common until sometime after World War 2 by RAF pilots.[1][additional citation(s) needed]

Examples include celebrities, heads of state or heads of government, other politicians, major employers, high rollers, high-level corporate officers, bankers, economists, physicians, clergy, military personnel, Crime bosses, wealthy individuals, or any other socially notable person who receives special treatment for any reason.[3][4][additional citation(s) needed] The special treatment usually involves separation from common people, and a higher level of comfort or service.[5]

In some cases, such as with tickets, VIP may be used as a title in a similar way to premium or exclusive. Usually, VIP tickets can be purchased by anyone, but still meaning separation from other customers, own security checks etc.[citation needed]

Sometimes, the term very very important person (VVIP or V.V.I.P.) is also used,[6] especially with reference to VIPs with very high rank or spending power.[7] It is used especially when anyone can buy VIP treatment, to distinguish people with especially high requirements.[8]


  1. ^ a b "vip | Origin and meaning of the name vip by Online Etymology Dictionary". Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  2. ^ "Very Important Person". The Trustees of Princeton University. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  3. ^ a b "VIP definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary". Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  4. ^ "Synonyms of VIP |". Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  5. ^ Waida, Maria (3 January 2019). "20 Impressive VIP Event Ideas". Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  6. ^ Free Dictionary definition, accessed 15 June 2016
  7. ^ Meet the VVIP (Very Very Important People), Wall Street Journal 23 December 2010. Requires subscription. Retrieved 15 June 2016
  8. ^ Vritika (2013-09-27). "Difference between VIP and VVIP". Retrieved 2020-07-07.

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