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The "VIP Hall" (formerly, Royal Family Hall) at the main train station in Nizhny Novgorod NN Emperor's Pavilion on Moscow Station 08-2016.jpg
The "VIP Hall" (formerly, Royal Family Hall) at the main train station in Nizhny Novgorod

A very important person (VIP) is a person who is accorded special privileges due to their status or importance. [1]

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. The special treatment usually involves separation from common people, and a higher level of comfort or service.

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

The term very very important person (VVIP) is also used, [2] especially with reference to VIPs with very high rank or spending power. [3] It is used especially when anyone can buy VIP treatment, to distinguish people with especially high requirements.


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References

  1. "Very Important Person". The Trustees of Princeton University. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  2. Free Dictionary definition, accessed 15 June 2016
  3. Meet the VVIP (Very Very Important People), Wall Street Journal 23 December 2010, accessed 15 June 2016