Definition of torchbearer
1 : one that carries a torch
2 : someone in the forefront of a campaign, crusade, or movement
Examples of torchbearer in a Sentence
He became the torchbearer for civil rights.
Recent Examples of torchbearer from the Web
Sen. Sanders, a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and torchbearer of the progressive movement, has alternately ignored and dismissed concerns about the deal since news of a probe broke this spring.
Shook and her band the Disarmers give two-beat honky-tonk an in-the-red thrashing, recalling the desperation of go-for-broke 80s bands like Rank and File, Raging Fire, and Jason & the Scorchers more than the alt-country torchbearers of today.
Contemporary jazz torchbearer and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste is curating the event and will also headline it, playing with his band Stay Human.
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Definition of torchbearer for English Language Learners
: someone who carries a torch at the head of a group of people
: someone who leads a campaign, movement, etc.
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