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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Not all successful women have to be mothers, but this roster highlights trailblazers in various industries—entrepreneurs, CEOs, activists and Hollywood stars—who also happen to be moms. Victoria Sines, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 50 Most Influential Moms of 2017," 9 May 2017 The world’s youngest female leader has been labeled a trailblazer for working mothers, but the Hamilton-native has steadfastly rejected such praise. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Gives Birth to a Baby Girl," 21 June 2018 Sometimes a trailblazer has to serve as a lighthouse in the dark to lead others, if for no other reason than to let others ask themselves: What’s really in my cocktail? Lou Bustamante, San Francisco Chronicle, "With the idea of regionalism, will more Bay Area bars champion local spirits?," 28 Mar. 2018 Stoneman was a trailblazer and sought a way to Prescott that would avoid the southern route. Jim Mcallister, azcentral, "Crumbling remains are all that's left of 19th century military supply route," 16 June 2018 Although a Duckworth is a trailblazer among U.S. politicians, political leaders in other countries have been able to take their babies and children to work for some time. Alex Scimecca, Fortune, "5 Politicians Who Brought Their Babies to Work Like Sen. Tammy Duckworth Did Today," 19 Apr. 2018 Experimental jazz legends Art Ensemble of Chicago will be in town to join Wolf Eyes, Michigan’s masters of noise rock, and art-punk trailblazers like Martin Rev (of legendary NY pioneering pioneering electronic duo Suicide). Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music this weekend: Trip Metal Fest, Mollywop, Height Keech," 24 May 2018 In some ways, Apollo 8 has never gotten the respect as the literal trailblazer that led directly to Neil Armstrong's first step. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "First space mission to the moon recounted in new book," 21 May 2018 So harking back to the pre-communist era for a feminist trailblazer makes sense. New York Times, "Was This Powerful Chinese Empress a Feminist Trailblazer?," 10 July 2018

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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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