trail·​blaz·​ing | \ ˈtrāl-ˌblā-ziŋ How to pronounce trailblazing (audio) \

Definition of trailblazing

: making or pointing a new way trailblazing legislation

Examples of trailblazing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a trailblazing black woman in politics, Chisholm was used to having her loyalty questioned. Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2020 The film from director Nate Adams, co-produced by Adam Carolla, provides an entertaining and insightful look under the hood of a trailblazing American icon., 17 Apr. 2020 Wednesday was Jackie Robinson Day, in honor of the trailblazing black Major League Baseball player. Stephanie Toone, ajc, 16 Apr. 2020 She is remembered as a trailblazing black female entrepreneur whose financial independence, business acumen, and philanthropic work will and should never be forgotten. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 20 Mar. 2020 The Eastmont Branch also plans to host a Girl Power Film Festival on Mondays starting March 2, showing four films featuring inspiring and trailblazing women., 3 Mar. 2020 Forty-six talented and trailblazing local African Americans were to be honored Friday evening at the 35th Annual Black Excellence Awards. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Feb. 2020 Katherine Johnson, a trailblazing mathematician best known for her contributions to NASA's human spaceflight program and who gained fame later in life due to the movie Hidden Figures, died Monday. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 24 Feb. 2020 The new consortium includes a trailblazing tech entrepreneur, along with some savvy political and business leaders. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, 15 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of trailblazing

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Trailblazing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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