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 trophy for 2019 went to 29-year-old Bethany Williams, spotlighting her activism as a trailblazer for change. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Duchess of Cornwall Presents the Second Queen Elizabeth II Award for Design to Bethany Williams," 19 Feb. 2019 Being a trailblazer is what leaning in is all about, right? Katherine Goldstein, Vox, "I was a Sheryl Sandberg superfan. Then her “Lean In” advice failed me.," 6 Dec. 2018 By all accounts, Hemingway — trailblazer of the spare prose style — was a pack rat. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Preservation effort makes Hemingway's Cuba home look like he never left," 30 May 2018 One of the trailblazers in this space was Anthony Bourdain, who died June 8 at age 61. Lauren Mechling, Time, "Sarah Jessica Parker Is the Latest Celebrity to Start Her Own Book Imprint," 14 June 2018 Among the other foodie trailblazers is Laja (on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list, along with nearby Corazón de Tierra)—René Redzepi raves about its off-menu vegetable tostada. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Next Great Food Scene, Beach Town, and More: The 2019 Trends We're Calling Now," 18 Dec. 2018 Lil’ Kim Is Fondled by Diana Ross VMA host and pastie fanatic Miley Cyrus owes a big thank you to Lil’ Kim for being the original pastie trailblazer. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "The 11 Most Shocking MTV VMA Moments of All Time," 20 Aug. 2018 And while some other royals—namely Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle—have borrowed precious bling from their in-laws, Letizia is a trailblazer in snapping up Queen Sofia’s ready-to-wear pieces. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Letizia of Spain’s Latest Look Is Handed Down From Her Mother-in-Law," 19 Dec. 2018 Getty Images Madonna was a trailblazer in so many ways during her still-going career. Diana Pearl, Marie Claire, "7 Best Madonna Quotes Ever," 16 Aug. 2018

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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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