trend·set·ter | \ˈtren(d)-ˌse-tər \

Definition of trendsetter 

: one that sets a trend

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Synonyms & Antonyms for trendsetter


bellwether, leader, pacemaker, pacer, pacesetter


follower, imitator

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Examples of trendsetter in a Sentence

a closely watched trendsetter in women's fashions

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As a trendsetter, surfing and skateboarding were added, and now both are set for their Olympic debut in 2020. Glae Thien,, "San Diego's Cal State Games turning 30," 12 July 2018 Maybe more important, Gilgeous-Alexander separated himself as the by-example trendsetter on a team that lacked overall leadership and never truly was empowered. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "What Shai Gilgeous-Alexander heading to the NBA means for Kentucky basketball," 9 Apr. 2018 As a leading economic driver for the City of Houston, Uptown provides unmatched opportunities to corporate leaders, trendsetters, residents and visitors alike. Houston Chronicle, "By the Numbers: Houston’s Most Lively District," 19 June 2018 The Ravenous Pig, launched by James and Julie Petrakis in 2007, was a trendsetter in tapping local farms and set a tone of casual style with an ambitious Southern gastropub vibe fueled by a love of meats, whiskey, and craft beer. Craig Laban,, "Orlando's best dining thrills are outside the parks," 22 June 2018 Amazon’s version isn’t a trendsetter, but an early adopter. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Picnic at Hanging Rock," 25 May 2018 The group of trendsetters has been selected to appear in a new ad campaign for Coca-Cola. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "BTS Has Teamed Up With Coca-Cola for a New Campaign Around the World Cup," 30 Apr. 2018 In that sense, Smith could be something of a trendsetter. Nick Vadala,, "Will Smith's Instagram: Why we're obsessed with it," 20 Feb. 2018 In between traveling the world on a solo tour, catching candy in his mouth while performing, and being a total trendsetter, the singer has also found time to be an executive producer. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Is Producing a TV Show Called Happy Together," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of trendsetter

1960, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of trendsetter

: someone who starts a new fashion, style, etc., or helps to make it popular

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