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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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 Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook feels less like a groundbreaking trendsetter, and more like an exceptionally well-textured part of the movement toward more personal, niche horror. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The new horror film canon (and where to stream it)," 1 Nov. 2018 And a matte wax-oil finish provides waterproof and stain-resistant durability, ensuring your terrazzo trendsetter becomes a timeless treasure. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Company Is Making Gorgeous Terrazzo Furnishings Out Of Recycled Marble," 11 Dec. 2018 Other characters, like the stylish trendsetter Yesss (Taraji P. Henson) — head algorithm of the viral video site BuzzzTube — cover a different aspect of the web ecosystem. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Lego Movie of Disney films," 14 Nov. 2018 The bonafide trendsetter is consistently serving us unique, fashion-forward looks; and this week is no exception. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Wore Orange Acid-Wash Jeans for a Beverly Hills Breakfast Date," 22 Sep. 2018 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

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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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