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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These two ladies aren't the only tastemakers to dominate the Instagram/blogosphere. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "10 Fashion Influencers Who Run Their Own Brands Like a Boss," 3 Jan. 2019 At only a couple days old, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is already making her first headlines as a fashion tastemaker. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Charlotte's First Royal Fashion Statement," 8 May 2015 Both a trailblazer and a tastemaker, Williams' style is classic but never predictable. House Beautiful, "Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club: "The Best Of" Lecture Series," 24 May 2012 If these tastemakers are any indication, faux-shearling is about to be a huge trend in home decor. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Nate Berkus And Jeremiah Brent's New Faux-Shearling Chairs Are Chicest, Coziest Things Ever," 26 Sep. 2018 As summer winds down, design tastemakers are already looking to the year ahead. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Sherwin-Williams Reveals Its 2019 Color of the Year—And It's Gorgeous," 12 Sep. 2018 The guest list read like a who’s who in the culinary and creative worlds: Martha Stewart, Tom Sachs, and Christina Tosi were just some of the tastemakers dining on ricotta gnocchi, roast chicken, and piragua. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Martha Stewart, Tom Sachs, and More Tastemakers Attend Sweetgreen’s Dreamy Dream Dinner," 25 July 2018 Mariah Carey Tries 9 Things She's Never Done Before To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that Followers of dancehall are well aware of how the tastemakers' personal style impacts the genre’s followers. Sharine Taylor, Allure, "For These Dancehall Artists, Hair Is Just as Important as the Music," 27 Sep. 2018 Hosted at Estée Lauder’s former townhouse on the Upper East Side, the event was attended by Amy Astley, Wes Gordon, Amanda Ross, Miranda Brooks, and more design tastemakers. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Aerin Lauder and Martina Mondadori Sartogo Celebrate the Launch of Aerin x Cabana at Estée Lauder’s Former Townhouse," 10 Oct. 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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