trend·​set·​ter | \ ˈtren(d)-ˌse-tər How to pronounce trendsetter (audio) \

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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Social media adds to the confusion: Oblivious endorsements from friends and trendsetters legitimize attractions before a traveler ever gets near an animal. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism," 12 June 2019 Pat McGrath has become a household name as a fashion and beauty trendsetter, and as the talent behind runway looks for Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Dior, as well as editorials for Vogue, W Magazine, and many more. Shalwah Evans & Julee Wilson, Essence, "Pat McGrath Launches Sublime Foundation With 36 Shades," 13 June 2019 The superstar rapper is also a fashion trendsetter, a streaming music mogul, a sports management company owner and Mr. Beyonce Knowles. Doug Criss, CNN, "Superstar Jay-Z is the first billionaire rapper, says Forbes," 4 June 2019 In the recognition department, just last month the brand was awarded the Brandnew award for design at the ISPO show in Munich, marking it as one of the trendsetters on the world stage. Brandon Perlman, Town & Country, "Slope Style: Aztech Mountain," 10 Feb. 2016 After all, North is destined for her role as an unequivocal toddler trendsetter. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "North West Gets Ready for Her Close Up on Instagram," 2 Apr. 2018 Called the Cobain Relaxed Fit Pants, it has already been worn by trendsetters like Emily Ratajkowski, Kourtney Kardashian, and Bella Hadid. Glamour, "It’s True: Cargo Pants Are Actually Coming Back," 14 Mar. 2019 The source also stressed to, however, that Meghan acts as her own stylist and deserves full responsibility for her international trendsetter status as well as for her move to use fashion to promote issues that matter to her. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Turns to Kate Middleton for Style Advice," 8 Mar. 2019 Some brands, such as Tory Burch, have even name-checked Marshall as a monogram trendsetter. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "We have Penny Marshall to thank for the popularity of the monogram," 18 Dec. 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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