futurist

noun
fu·​tur·​ist | \ ˈfyü-chə-rist How to pronounce futurist (audio) \

Definition of futurist

1 : one who studies and predicts the future especially on the basis of current trends
2 : one who advocates or practices futurism

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futurist adjective

Examples of futurist in a Sentence

economic futurists predict a new world order in which information is the resource that drives a nation's economy

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Their rendering really reminded us of Italian futurist architecture with those strong lines from column to ceiling. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Lorraine Kirke's Wild, Futurisitic Restaurant Opens in Bushwick," 3 June 2019 But while every girl's visage was dramatically swathed in the red and hot pink pigments, hairstylist Duffy served up a dizzying array of hair looks that amplified the show's retro-futurist vibes. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At Louis Vuitton, Big Hair and Colorful Makeup Are an ’80s Beauty Fever Dream," 9 May 2019 In the retro-futurist ’80s, Thierry Mugler made space suits and alien beauties. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Just Wait Until Fashion Designers Get Their Hands on This Black Hole Picture," 10 Apr. 2019 Marshall, as director of the Office of Net Assessment, was the secretive futurist of the Pentagon, a long-range thinker who both prodded and inspired secretaries of defense and high-level policymakers. Seattle Times Staff & News Services, The Seattle Times, "This week’s passages," 29 Mar. 2019 With a style that connected the past to present, where the beauty, history, and versatility of braids is being celebrated like never before, Stenberg’s retro-futurist coif sets a new Oscars beauty standard. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Amandla Stenberg Steps Out With Next-Level Braids at the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 And yet — just like the makeup — the result is futurist, imaginative, and 100-percent trend-setting. Marci Robin, Allure, "Lupita Nyong’o Wore the Most Futuristic Hair and Makeup to the Us Premiere at SXSW," 9 Mar. 2019 Robyn Metcalfe is a food historian, food futurist, lecturer and research scholar at the University of Texas at Austin. Robyn Metcalfe, WSJ, "The Life Story of Your Supermarket Chicken: Food Tracking Goes High-Tech," 21 Feb. 2019 Dior also had a distinct retro-futurist vibe above the neck, presenting a throw-it-on-and-go solution for a bad hair day with ultra-sleek glitter caps affixed with fishnet veils. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Couture Beauty Looks That Defined the Paris Runways," 24 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of futurist

circa 1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of futurist was circa 1846

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futurist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of futurist

: a person who tries to tell what the future will be like

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