torchbearer

noun

torch·​bear·​er ˈtȯrch-ˌber-ər How to pronounce torchbearer (audio)
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 on the Web The South Korean singer will serve as a torchbearer at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, the games confirmed via email Wednesday. Taijuan Moorman, USA TODAY, 3 July 2024 The flame will also light the Paralympic Games, which take place August 28 to September 8, where 1,000 torchbearers will help relay the torch across 50 French towns and cities. Gawon Bae, CNN, 3 July 2024 The 31-year-old singer is slated to participate in the upcoming Olympics as a torchbearer, Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday. Nicole Fell, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 July 2024 The Indian National Congress, the torchbearer of India's nationalist movement, had enjoyed mass support since the 1920s, when Mohandas Gandhi became the party's leader. Christophe Jaffrelot, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2011 See all Example Sentences for torchbearer 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of torchbearer was in the 15th century

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“Torchbearer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/torchbearer. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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