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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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 Aside from designers and artisans, the book features tastemakers, shopkeepers, stylists and sometime-professors (at fashion school powerhouse Central Saint Martins, of course) from all around the world. Kristen Bateman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Book Corner: Fashionable Selby," 17 Mar. 2014 The art of dining alfresco as captured by some of our favorite designers and tastemakers to follow on Instagram. Sarah Bray, House Beautiful, "How To Set Your Outdoor Table," 19 May 2014 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

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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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