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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Hard-rock/heavy-metal tastemakers like radio hosts Eddie Trunk and Mitch Lafon have sung the records' praises. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "Guitar hero Tracii Guns talks L.A. Guns, Axl, Izzy," 11 July 2019 Since 2001, the Amoeba Music store on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood has been a landmark for tastemakers and tourists. latimes.com, "Today: Amid Scandal, the Border Patrol Chief Resigns," 26 June 2019 No less an authority than Quentin Tarantino admired it as black comedy even as the tastemakers were appalled that Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction lost the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars to Forrest Gump. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Everyone Is Wrong about Forrest Gump," 25 June 2019 Now, more and more dealers, designers, and tastemakers are adding this show to their calendars. Cator Sparks, House Beautiful, "How a Designer Shops for Antiques," 19 Mar. 2019 Making of a tastemaker Born in London in 1778, Brummell grew up during a revolutionary age in Europe and North America. Ignacio Peyró, National Geographic, "This 19th-century London dandy caused a style revolution," 18 June 2019 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

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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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