trend·​set·​ter | \ ˈtren(d)-ˌse-tər How to pronounce trendsetter (audio) \
variants: or less commonly trend-setter
plural trendsetters also trend-setters

Definition of trendsetter

: one that sets a trend : someone or something that starts or helps to popularize a new fashion, style, movement, etc. a trendsetter in the fashion industry Every ten years or so, for a different set of reasons each time, cultural trendsetters rally behind one musician with whom they sense a bond and who then comes to symbolize jazz to the mass media.— Francis Davis The county has become a trendsetter in other types of environmental legislation …Chemical & Engineering News

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Examples of trendsetter in a Sentence

a closely watched trendsetter in women's fashions
Recent Examples on the Web Also, a key consideration for the trendsetter is versatility. Aemilia Madden, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 July 2022 Marlon Brando was a trendsetter with his getup in 1953'sThe Wild One, which undoubtedly remains standard rebel garb, being black leather with a sneer. Tim Moffatt,, 6 July 2022 That part of the Williams persona, the trailblazer, trendsetter, the voice that can say so much with few words, will go on, with new wrinkles. New York Times, 29 June 2022 Along the way, the steakhouse evolved into a seafood trendsetter. al, 22 June 2022 Being a trendsetter for much of his career, will Drake do it again and have the rest of mainstream music follow his dance-heavy lead for the rest of 2022? Michael Saponara, Billboard, 17 June 2022 The race could mark a turning point for the city, which boasts the second largest population in the country, and put its reputation as a progressive trendsetter at risk. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, 8 June 2022 Keating’s ascent to the status of aerial trendsetter was unlikely. Laura Mallonee, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2022 The previous record-holder was Queen Elizabeth’s great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, who ruled for about 64 years from 1837 to 1901 and was known for being a trendsetter, popularizing everything from white wedding dresses to photography. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, 2 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of trendsetter

1936, in the meaning defined above

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9 Aug 2022

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“Trendsetter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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