taste·mak·er | \ ˈtāst-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of tastemaker 

: one who sets the standards of what is currently popular or fashionable

Examples of tastemaker in a Sentence

She is one of the most powerful tastemakers in the fashion world.

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Even straight-up trekking sneakers by ROA and Salomon are worn by some of today’s most stylish tastemakers. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Pick Up Balenciaga’s Soon-To-Be Sold Out Sneaker Before Anyone Else," 29 June 2018 Today, with hip-hop having surpassed rock as the most popular music genre, its independent media tastemakers have experienced a commensurate rise in popularity. Jeff Weiss, latimes.com, "How Instagram and YouTube help underground hip-hop artists and tastemakers find huge audiences," 4 July 2018 Tonight’s show is sponsored by Lyrical Lemonade, a rap blog that’s become a mini multimedia empire thanks to its founder—in-demand video director, and new tastemaker Cole Bennett. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Chicago rap group Hurt Everybody reunites as its members build bright solo careers," 12 July 2018 Elsewhere on Facebook, the group #spiveysclub, founded by health and wellness tastemaker Ashley Spivey, emboldens members to review their latest reads and suggest new books. Haley Velasco, WSJ, "Too Busy for a Book Club? Join an Online Version," 11 July 2018 Radio remains country’s top tastemaker, and the genre is dominated by the Cumulus and Cox broadcast groups with ownership and listener demographics that lean heavily conservative. Marissa R. Moss, Billboard, "The Country Music Industry Is More Liberal Than It Lets On: Will More Start To Speak Up?," 5 June 2018 Modern-day tastemakers, unlike their forebears, shower love on comics and graphic novels without a hint of condescension. Bruce Handy, New York Times, "If Graphic Novels Are Hip for Adults, Why Not Picture Books?," 6 Apr. 2018 See how tastemaker Eugenie Grey perfectly masters that edgy downtown vibe with ASOS' help. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "ASOS And Hotel Indigo Team Up To Curate A Travel-Inspired Clothing Collection," 25 Sep. 2017 Back then, Mark was working in retail in Toronto and photographing the closets of tastemakers as a side project. Jessica Prince Erlich, The Cut, "How I Get It Done: Stephanie Mark, Editor-in-Chief of Coveteur," 19 June 2018

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tastemaker

: a person whose judgments about what is good, fashionable, etc., are accepted and followed by many other people

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