trail·​blaz·​er ˈtrāl-ˌblā-zər How to pronounce trailblazer (audio)
: pioneer sense 2
a trailblazer in astrophysics
: one that blazes a trail to guide others : pathfinder

Examples of trailblazer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The building was a trailblazer in Kansas City’s downtown redevelopment The structure was completed before other downtown-area revitalization efforts, such as the H&R Block headquarters, the Kauffman Center and the Power & Light District and T-Mobile Center. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 13 Feb. 2024 Lauren Hammond, who made history as the first Black woman elected to the Sacramento City Council, was remembered as a Sacramento trailblazer, leader and mentor to a league of new women leaders. Darrell Smith, Sacramento Bee, 10 Feb. 2024 By absorbing the lessons of human trailblazers, tools like AI drummers, AI mixers, and AI mastering services do make possible a depressing future filled with the recycled dreck of the past. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, 6 Feb. 2024 Minaj earned her title as a trailblazer over a decade ago, built a throne and has been relentlessly defending her crown ever since. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 Maternity fashion has evolved into a new realm of its own in recent times, largely influenced by trailblazers, such as Rihanna. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 31 Jan. 2024 Now, the trailblazer is opening the area’s first seltzery concept, Summit Seltzer — one of the few taprooms of its kind in the United States. Deanna Taylor, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The storyline here is that Griselda was a striver fighting institutional sexism to become a trailblazer — basically Lessons in Chemistry if Brie Larson’s character had used those eponymous lessons to become Walter White instead of Julia Child. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Jan. 2024 Monday’s anniversary of the first sales marks a decade since the state inaugurated its new recreational marijuana industry and stepped into the international limelight as a sometimes-reluctant trailblazer. John Aguilar, Hartford Courant, 4 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Trailblazer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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trail·​blaz·​er ˈtrā(ə)l-ˌblā-zər How to pronounce trailblazer (audio)
: someone who prepares the way for others who follow: as

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