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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 is 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, 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]

References

  1. ^ a b "vip | Origin and meaning of the name vip by Online Etymology Dictionary". www.etymonline.com. 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". www.collinsdictionary.com. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  4. ^ "Synonyms of VIP | Thesaurus.com". www.thesaurus.com. Retrieved 2020-07-07.celebrities, heads of state or heads of government, other politicians, major employers, high rollers, high-level corporate officers, 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]