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

Examples of trendsetter in a Sentence

a closely watched trendsetter in women's fashions
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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trendsetter was in 1936

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“Trendsetter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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