torchbearer

noun torch·bear·er \ -ˌber-ər \
Updated on: 25 Nov 2017

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

  1. He became the torchbearer for civil rights.

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First Known Use of torchbearer

15th century


TORCHBEARER Defined for English Language Learners

torchbearer

noun

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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