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

Examples of trailblazer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More Stories At the show’s premiere, Ross made comments that echoed Bow’s words about the Johnson kids as trailblazers. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Simplistic View of a Mixed-ish America," 26 Oct. 2019 She was consistently regarded as a trailblazer, from her stint as the first woman to lead the campaign arm for House Democrats, to her ascent this year to chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee., "She did not mention any particular office, although she is clearly familiar with Lowey’s district: Her parents’ house in Chappaqua, New York, is in the district.," 11 Oct. 2019 He was remembered by the Houston community as a trailblazer, American hero and an inspiration to the Sikh community across the nation. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress businesses honor fallen Deputy Dhaliwal with fundraisers for his family," 3 Oct. 2019 In the hours since his death, the deputy was described as a trailblazer multiple times. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Sandeep Dhaliwal made history as Harris County's first Sikh deputy. Here's why the community loved him," 28 Sep. 2019 Big Star at Balmoral, which is expected to launch by early March, is a low-stakes move with plenty of potential upside for two Chicago trailblazers looking to evolve and stay on the leading edge of their respective genres. Josh Noel,, "Two modern Chicago icons, Big Star and Half Acre, coming together for new kitchen at the Balmoral taproom," 5 Dec. 2019 On our Best Trips List 2020, the Maldives is heralded as an environmental protection trailblazer. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Would you pay more for a greener holiday?," 26 Nov. 2019 As the county's first Sikh deputy, Dhaliwal was remembered as a hero and a trailblazer among the Houston community. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Papa John's extends donations for family of fallen deputy Dhaliwal after 'overwhelming response'," 2 Oct. 2019 In fact, 19 hours is rather quick for the industry’s trailblazers. Jay L. Zagorsky, The Conversation, "Why would anyone want to sit on a plane for over 18 hours? An economist takes the world’s longest flight," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of trailblazer

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Trailblazer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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