taste·​mak·​er ˈtāst-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce tastemaker (audio)
: 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 The foundation hopes that the recurring event will provide artists, producers, industry executives, and tastemakers with the opportunity to discover new releases and relay the rich history or topics that make up the stories behind inductees. Thania Garcia, Variety, 14 Sep. 2023 Editor-in-chief Nina Garcia accepted the award in front of an audience of celebrities, fellow honorees, fashion industry insiders, and cultural tastemakers including Sarah Jessica Parker, Emily Ratajkowski, Pamela Anderson, Winnie Harlow, Martha Stewart, Stephen Gan, Ziwe, and many more. Elle.com, ELLE, 9 Sep. 2023 The event is curated by Future Rootz, a group of Latinx musicians, artists, tastemakers and cultural innovators. Chicago Tribune Staff, Chicago Tribune, 25 Aug. 2023 By disregarding Trump, Politico reveals itself to be no better than the wannabe tastemakers at Rolling Stone magazine. Armond White, National Review, 8 Sep. 2023 In the age of social media, tastemakers wield a lot of influence (they are called influencers, after all), but the best spaces are the ones that feel like a personal scrapbook, not a carbon copy. Rachel Barrett, Country Living, 5 Sep. 2023 And the thought arrived: Maybe this audience love is all due to the fact that Bryan snuck right past the gatekeepers and tastemakers, not in spite of that. Chris Willman, Variety, 30 Aug. 2023 My first refresh: a tube of Augustinus Bader's Rich cream, which comes backed by hundreds of tastemakers and editors. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 Aug. 2023 Meanwhile, Casio’s rugged G-Shock line—which exploded and peaked in the early aughts—has undergone a renaissance in recent years among streetwear tastemakers and professional athletes. Brad Lanphear, Men's Health, 10 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tastemaker was in 1954

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“Tastemaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tastemaker. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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