trail·​blaz·​er | \ ˈtrāl-ˌblā-zər How to pronounce trailblazer (audio) \

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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The group — whose careers cover a span from the 1890s to well into the 2000s — represents five sports and features a trailblazer in administration. Parth Upadhyaya, The Denver Post, "Former CU Buffs football coaches Gary Barnett, Fred Folsom will be inducted to school’s hall of fame," 12 June 2019 In the Studio Senior political writer Joe Garofoli has taken a break from his quest to interview every presidential candidate to interview a trailblazer in the House of Representatives. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Reduce, reuse, regulate," 12 June 2019 Prince Rogers Nelson, known to us as simply Prince, was a trailblazer and pioneer, not only in music, but in beauty and fashion. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "13 Times Prince Showed Us That Beauty Isn't Just For The Ladies," 7 June 2019 Elaine Noble is one of the earliest — and least well-known — LGBTQ trailblazers in American history. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "#Pride50: Elaine Noble — America's first out lawmaker," 3 June 2019 This city of Reims, with so many boundary-breaking women throughout its long and complicated history, is a fitting setting for a United States national team largely considered a trailblazer itself. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "History of revolutionary women makes Reims fitting host for USWNT opening match," 2 Aug. 2018 And other honorees included writer Lynn Yaeger, editor Carine Roitfeld and fashion sustainability trailblazer Eileen Fisher. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The fashion industry gave Barbie an award. Does she really deserve one?," 4 June 2019 Special one-off awards were also given to Canadian trailblazers who have paved their own international path. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Oh, Canada! Inside the Glitzy Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards," 31 May 2019 Both a trailblazer and a tastemaker, Williams' style is classic but never predictable. House Beautiful, "Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club: "The Best Of" Lecture Series," 24 May 2012

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First Known Use of trailblazer

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of trailblazer was in 1908

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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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