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 Kim is a trendsetter and not afraid of doing something new. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Kim Kardashian's Hairstylist Chris Appleton Shares the Details Behind Her 'Fresh Cherry Red' Hair," 30 June 2020 Frazier became a footwear trendsetter, the first player with a shoe of his own. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "The Old Knicks Made Basketball Games the ‘Hippest Place’ in New York," 8 May 2020 The most special moments among fashion editors had Rihanna and Beyonce top of mind as trendsetters, along with the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, and former first lady Michelle Obama. Washington Post, "The closing decade was an ever-shifting parade of fashion," 12 Dec. 2019 Cox went so far to also copy Aniston's entire look, glasses and all, because Aniston is a trendsetter even amongst Hollywood's elite. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "Courteney Cox Copied Jennifer Aniston's Iconic "Rachel" Hairstyle in Honor of Her Birthday," 11 Feb. 2020 Over the past few years, supermodels Bella and Gigi Hadid have quickly become some of the most iconic trendsetters in the fashion industry. Tina Ferraro, Teen Vogue, "Bella and Gigi Hadid’s Sister Beauty Evolution," 21 Jan. 2020 Cutting to the Truth — a documentary feature from director Anthony DiMaria, 1010 Films and Halation — about the 1960s Hollywood trendsetter Jay Sebring. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jay Sebring Documentary Lands at Shout! Studios (Exclusive)," 26 Feb. 2020 What is particularly interesting about these trendsetters is their self-motivation and self-reliance in pursuing their sanitation goals. Cristina Bicchieri, Quartz India, "Clean India Mission shows that flexibility is key to even poo healthy," 1 Oct. 2019 French manis, created by Orly founder Jeff Pink in the '70s, were initially associated with women of higher class — once the look trickled down into the mainstream, its charm had been lost to trendsetters. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Celebrities Killed the French Manicure, and Celebrities Are Bringing It Back to Life," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of trendsetter

1936, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jul 2020

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“Trendsetter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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

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