re·​form·​er | \ ri-ˈfȯr-mər How to pronounce reformer (audio) \

Definition of reformer

1 : one that works for or urges reform
2 capitalized : a leader of the Protestant Reformation
3 : an apparatus for cracking oils or gases to form specialized products

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The mom to Luna, 3, and Miles, 1, with husband John Legend is next seen on a Pilates reformer working out her legs — while holding a glass of rosé in her hands. Julie Mazziotta,, "Chrissy Teigen Works Out with Her Mom — and a Glass of Rosé!: ‘Balance’," 10 July 2019 Pennypacker was one member of a disparate group of lawmakers and social reformers across the U.S. who called for an end to unsupervised fireworks and explosives. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "The 1900s Movement to Make the Fourth of July Boring (But Safe)," 3 July 2019 It was first introduced to the west by Hindu reformer Swami Vivekananda towards the end of the 19th century. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "From local schools to foreign embassies, Indians are ready for International Yoga Day 2019," 20 June 2019 Oliver and other food reformers believe that the time is there to cook, if only people would get their priorities straight. Joslyn Brenton, The Conversation, "Time to cook is a luxury many families don’t have," 19 June 2019 Dress reformers proposed comfortable and healthful alternatives to confining garments such as corsets and crinolines, the cage-like steel underskirts that characterized female fashion at the time. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "When American Suffragists Tried to ‘Wear the Pants’," 12 June 2019 Jordan, founding president of Stanford University, was a progressive reformer who thought society could be improved through sterilization and selective breeding. Jason Willick, WSJ, "A Case of Mistaken Identity Politics in the Heart of Silicon Valley," 29 Dec. 2018 Some blame China’s chief negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He, an economic reformer and Xi confidant, for not laying adequate groundwork for Chinese concessions. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "At G-20 summit, Trump and Xi try to reach a deal without giving away too much," 25 June 2019 This is something that pursued me because people have continued to bring up to me the need to have a conservative reformer who’s a proven winner to offer themselves as a candidate for this United States Senate seat. Mike Cason |,, "Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill running for U.S. Senate," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of reformer

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of reformer

: a person who works to change and improve a society, government, etc.

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