taste·​mak·​er | \ ˈtāst-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce tastemaker (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Over a decades-long career, Mr. Rudin built a reputation as a tastemaker admired for his skill at harnessing the talent and the money to present adventurous work too risky for most other commercial producers, often to critical acclaim. New York Times, "Volatile and Vengeful: How Scott Rudin Wielded Power in Show Business," 24 Apr. 2021 Given access through a nondescript entry, you are welcomed into the main and magical Villa de Agua where the likes of a British, Grammy-winning popstar and American tastemaker Martha Stewart have vacationed (not together). Anne Bratskeir, Travel + Leisure, "Celebrities Love This Ultra-secluded Costa Rican Estate — Here's How to Rent Your Own Villa," 10 Apr. 2021 One of two National Public Radio affiliates in the Los Angeles market competing for an often-overlapping audience, KCRW, owned by Santa Monica College, has long been a tastemaker both in L.A. and in public radio circles. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, "Uproar at KCRW as former producer accuses public radio giant of ‘blatant racism’," 25 Feb. 2021 She’s an in-demand speaker, TV guest and host of Food events, and she’s a tastemaker who suggests and pulls in chefs for those events. Los Angeles Times, "Jenn Harris is named L.A. Times Food columnist," 1 Mar. 2021 After twenty-six years as an independent tastemaker, the British expat Gavin Brown closed his enterprises and took a job with the doyenne Barbara Gladstone. Andrea K. Scott, The New Yorker, "The Best Art of 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 Though this was the first time the minimalist tastemaker tried her hand at designing, the process proved surprisingly simple. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Sarah Harris’s New Statement Earrings Are Made for Holiday Zooms," 16 Dec. 2020 In 2014, after more than five years as a tastemaker for luxury watches, Hodinkee CEO Benjamin Clymer had an important decision to make. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Watch Whisperer Hodinkee Clocks $40 Million Investment," 2 Dec. 2020 Musical tastes had begun to change, and television had become a major tastemaker—TV execs preferred white faces. Megan Mayhew Bergman, The New Yorker, "The Improbable Life of Helen Jones Woods and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm," 24 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of tastemaker

1954, in the meaning defined above

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“Tastemaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tastemaker. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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