torch·​bear·​er | \ ˈtȯrch-ˌber-ər \

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.

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THE SWAMP Socialist torchbearers flame out in key races, despite blitz by Bernie Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump's lawyers vow not to let him fall for 'perjury trap'; Tight Ohio race heading for recount?," 9 Aug. 2018 Since debuting in 2011, The Internet has quietly become one of bedroom R&B’s torchbearers, thanks to the plush melodies of singer-songwriter Syd. Billboard, "The Internet's Syd Wants to Be 'A Pioneer' For Queer Women," 14 June 2018 Although the latest torchbearer has arguably taken sweeper-keeping to an even greater extreme., "World Cup Countdown: The Heroics of Sweeper-Keeper Manuel Neuer Help Germany to 4th World Cup," 14 June 2018 Some are calling Ocasio the new torchbearer for the far left of the Democratic Party. Fox News, "Ingraham: Democrats racing to the left," 28 June 2018 As torchbearers for the counterculture, Vouga, 30, and his partner, Lauren Tackberry, 27, have created a home in Berkeley that is refreshingly devoid of the superficial gleam that disposable modernism often emits. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Peace, love and a ’70s vibe rock a Berkeley home," 1 June 2018 Until scandal cost him his job and his reputation, Rowland was seen as the Connecticut Republican Party’s torchbearer. Matthew Ormseth,, "John Rowland, Former Governor Convicted Of Corruption And Fraud, Released From Custody," 27 May 2018 Gardiner, Staffer and Chamberlain, as well as their predecessors, will be cheering on Laguna's next torchbearers., "City attorney's effort to block gun initiative interrupts political process," 9 May 2018 The album promises to be a culmination of his powerful blend of his state’s various styles -- equal parts gangster, confessional and melodic -- and make YoungBoy the new torchbearer for a gritty tradition that includes Lil Wayne, Webbie and Boosie. Ryan Pfeffer, Billboard, "YoungBoy Never Broke Again On Why His First Album May Be His Ticket To Freedom," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of torchbearer

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of torchbearer

: someone who carries a torch at the head of a group of people
: someone who leads a campaign, movement, etc.

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