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 Now developers, publishers and analysts say the trailblazers have peaked and their future is one of steady decline. Takashi Mochizuki,, "Profits Are Peaking for the World’s Most Lucrative Mobile Games," 10 May 2020 It was selected by the discerning Laura Hoptman, the director of New York’s Drawing Center, for a special section about trailblazers of the twentieth century. The New Yorker, "This Year, Frieze New York Is Just an App Away," 1 May 2020 For each day of Black History Month, LaToya McGriff has dressed up like a famous African-American trailblazer and taught her students about their significant contributions to the U.S. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "First grade teacher dresses up as a different black trailblazer every day of Black History Month," 27 Feb. 2020 The verdict is a blow to Lawson’s co-defendant and former boyfriend, Terry Bean -- the Portland real estate developer, civil rights trailblazer and Democratic fundraiser. oregonlive, "Explosive new allegations surface in Terry Bean sex abuse case," 14 Sep. 2019 Lauren has always been a trailblazer and will be integral to the continued growth of UnitedMasters. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "UnitedMasters Hires Instagram's Lauren Wirtzer-Seawood as President: Exclusive," 29 May 2019 But the reverberations that would run through the Internet as his crop treaded into Manic Panic territory, most notoriously capturing the attention of music trailblazer and hair chameleon Frank Ocean, were beyond his wildest imagination. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How This Skateboarder’s Radical Pink Buzz Cut Caught Frank Ocean’s Attention," 4 Feb. 2019 And while the most important tools for the journey are a trailblazer’s attitude and a gambler’s heart, the following gear will help too. Dave Karczynski, Outdoor Life, "Essential Fishing Gear for the Backcountry," 12 Mar. 2020 Each trailblazer has had other formidable women who shaped her career. Time, "100 Women of the Year," 5 Mar. 2020

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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 3 Jun. 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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