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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Recent Examples on the Web But one woman is breaking major barriers in gaming: Melonie Johnson, a trailblazer who is one of only a handful of Black leaders in the casino space. Laura Begley Bloom, Forbes, "How This Black Woman Is Killing It In The Casino World," 25 Feb. 2021 The fact contemporary reports vary as to how many games Shane actually worked is a hint at how little regard this baseball broadcasting trailblazer has received — and how the promise of her hire went unfulfilled. Phil Rosenthal,, "Thanks to Harry Caray, the Chicago White Sox added pioneering female announcer Mary Shane in 1977 — and why it didn’t last," 21 Feb. 2021 Harris, the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, was sworn in by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a trailblazer in her own right as the first Latina justice on the high court. Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, "Vice President Kamala Harris steps into history as first woman of color to hold the office," 21 Jan. 2021 Betsy West, Julie Cohen, Producer: Talleah Bridges McMahon) — Overlooked by history, Pauli Murray was a legal trailblazer whose ideas influenced RBG's fight for gender equality and Thurgood Marshall's landmark civil rights arguments. Mary Sollosi,, "Sundance Film Festival announces lineup for 2021 digital fest, including starry directorial debuts," 15 Dec. 2020 Always a trailblazer, Ginsburg will be the first woman and first Jewish person to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. NBC News, "Democrats solidify Supreme Court strategy as Trump continues to sow election doubts," 25 Sep. 2020 Lars Haltbrekken, a Socialist Party member of Norway’s Parliament, made the nomination on Monday, arguing that Abrams, hailed by Democrats as a voting rights activist, is a trailblazer. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Stacey Abrams nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for following in MLK 'footsteps'," 1 Feb. 2021 This year, Moreno — a trailblazer for Latina actors, and one of the first people to land the famed EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) — gets that onscreen treatment. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here are 10 titles playing at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival likely to grab attention," 24 Jan. 2021 As with so many pioneers before, SOPHIE didn't bother fostering a public image — the trailblazer was busy behind the scenes, working to change the face of experimental pop and electronic music forever. Katie Bain, Billboard, "SOPHIE's 13 Best Songs, Productions & Features," 30 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of trailblazer

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Trailblazer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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