trailblazer

noun
trail·​blaz·​er | \ˈtrāl-ˌblā-zər \

Definition of trailblazer 

1 : pioneer sense 2 a trailblazer in astrophysics

2 : one that blazes a trail to guide others : pathfinder

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For a company framed as a trailblazer, Everlane doesn’t appear willing to challenge the old retail industry norm of dividing clothing by size. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Women’s clothing is divided into straight and plus sizes. Here’s why that’s a problem.," 12 Oct. 2018 And finally yes, Tracee Ellis Ross is a fashion risk-taker, trailblazer and can do this better than anyone else on television. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tracee Ellis Ross Practically Just Invented Wearing Hot Pink for the Red Carpet," 17 Sep. 2018 Colombia’s Egan Bernal proved his worth — and more — by working as a trailblazer for Sky teammates Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome up the zigzagging ascent of Alpe d’Huez. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Colombia’s Egan Bernal is the Tour de France’s budding star," 23 July 2018 On Monday, the cast of Destroyer set up shop on the Soho House Toronto’s second floor for an intimate cast dinner by chef Ludo Lefebvre, L.A.'s pop-up dining trailblazer. Jamie Lincoln, Vogue, "Inside the Most Star-Studded Premieres and Parties at the Toronto International Film Festival," 18 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, on Netflix, One Day at a Time has brought nuanced Latinx stories into the spotlight with a cast that includes trailblazer Rita Moreno, the first Latina to win an EGOT. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Representation for Latina Actors Is at an All-Time High—But It's Still Not Enough," 11 Sep. 2018 Ruth Reichl, who edited Gold at The Times and at Gourmet, called him a trailblazer. Fox News, "Pulitzer-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold dead at 57," 22 July 2018 The death of Swedish DJ/producer Avicii – real name Tim Bergling – at age 28 in Muscat, Oman on Friday (April 20) left a worldwide fanbase struggling to come to terms with the loss of one of dance music’s brightest stars and bravest trailblazers. Matt Medved, Billboard, "Avicii's Life & Legacy: Timeless Music Tinged With Tragedy," 25 Apr. 2018 Here are some of the agency’s most notable female trailblazers. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "A woman atop the CIA was once unthinkable. But female spies have always been remarkable.," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of trailblazer

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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trailblazer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trailblazer

: a person who makes, does, or discovers something new and makes it acceptable or popular

: a person who marks or prepares a trail through a forest or field for other people to follow

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