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 The teaser, which played immediately after, was a timely reminder of Franklin’s long history as a trailblazer and civil rights activist as well as her incredible stage presence. Anne Cohen,, "Jennifer Hudson Already Has Our R-E-S-P-E-C-T As Aretha Franklin In New Biopic Teaser," 29 June 2020 Vicki Wood, a trailblazer in the macho world of auto racing, was among the first women to compete in NASCAR events., "Vicki Wood, broke car-racing gender barriers, at 101," 15 June 2020 Hannah is a trailblazer in a unique form of reporting, all done via Facebook Live. cleveland, "Hannah Drown is a trailblazer in a new form of journalism, immersing you in the news: Letter from the Editor," 13 June 2020 Wallace arrived in the sport hyped as a trailblazer of sorts in a series that has long lacked diversity in the field. CBS News, "Black NASCAR star Bubba Wallace urges sport to move away from Confederate flag," 10 June 2020 Wallace arrived in the sport hyped as a trailblazer of sorts in a series that had long lacked diversity in the field. Dan Gelston,, "Black driver Bubba Wallace wants NASCAR to ban Confederate flag," 9 June 2020 Widely considered one of the most successful Black fashion designers in America, the trailblazer was one of the pioneers of urban streetwear. Nandi Howard, Essence, "All The Style News You Need To Know For March/April," 13 Apr. 2020 Two Niles treasures — its Veterans History Project and the living veterans who contributed their stories to it — will soldier on despite the fact the project’s trailblazer has retired from the Niles-Maine District Library. George Castle,, "Niles’ treasure of veterans and their stories loses its curator, but marches forward," 12 Nov. 2019 Women were the trailblazers of the civil rights movement as well. Lisa Birnbach, Washington Post, "In praise of the older women who shaped American history," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of trailblazer

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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10 Jul 2020

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“Trailblazer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 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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