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.

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Highly sought after today by tastemakers and collectors around the globe, Polar Bear sofas and pairs of chairs can command more than half a million dollars at auction or from a top dealer. Stephen Wallis, Town & Country, "This Polar Bear Sofa Is Beloved By the Very Rich," 15 Apr. 2019 The collection, which reinterprets classic Versace furniture and textile designs with Bikoff's colorful flair, took over the fashion house's Vis Gesu this past week, where tastemakers tripped over themselves to get a look. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How Jennifer Lopez's Famous Grammys Dress Ended up as Bedding," 12 Apr. 2019 How could a tastemaker who preached the gospel of modernism become a convert to the baubles and trimmings of postmodernism? Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "A closer look at three National Book Critics Circle finalists," 20 Feb. 2019 Terrazzo-print items appeared in big box stores and boutiques, amongst tastemakers and trend-followers. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "How Terrazzo Moved Out From Under Our Feet to Absolutely Everywhere," 18 Jan. 2019 And while Record Store Day, which takes place April 13 this year, is usually more focused on musical tastemakers, this year a sunny, yellow shark swam in with the other releases. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Soon You'll Be Able to Own "Baby Shark" on Vinyl Thanks to Record Store Day," 4 Mar. 2019 Twelve international designers showed back to back, three of their best looks for the design competition in front of fashion editors, tastemakers and bold-faced name judges. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Edward Crutchley and Colovos Take Home the 2019 Woolmark Prizes," 18 Feb. 2019 The ionic designer, who died at 40 by suicide on Feb. 11, 2010, built a fashion empire in the ’90s, and his designs continue to be celebrated by celebrities and fashion tastemakers alike. Brittany Talarico, PEOPLE.com, "Get an Exclusive First Look at the New Alexander McQueen Documentary," 3 July 2018 The third reason something or someone goes viral is due to support from a tastemaker—basically, someone famous needs to share it. Nicolas Heller, Vogue, "It’s Hard Out There for a Pet Influencer," 20 Dec. 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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