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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Such tastemaker outlets as Pinterest, Architectural Digest and Southern Living have recently extolled the virtues of pink front doors and home exteriors, even if local real estate agents are mixed on the impact on property values. Valli Herman, latimes.com, "Proud Silver Lake homeowners think they're pretty in pink," 9 Mar. 2018 Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "Takeover Tuesday: Kip Moore Previews Tortuga Music Festival 2018," 3 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of tastemaker

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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