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 Today, Japan is an innovator and trendsetter in cosmetics, skin care and beauty tools. New York Times, 3 June 2021 Instilling Confidence in Children through Preventative Dental Care. List three adjectives that describe you: Resilient, trendsetter, quirky. Mary Colurso |, al, 15 May 2021 Gigi Hadid, an airport-fashion trendsetter, wore a head-to-toe clashing-print Vivienne Westwood runway look to JFK airport in March 2020, just before airlines began reducing the frequency of their flights. Rory Satran, WSJ, 8 May 2021 Bieber is credited with being a trendsetter, while people of color's natural hair is discriminated against, policed and oppressed. USA Today, 5 May 2021 For Bitcoin believers, where the business world's top trendsetter goes, venturesome corporate captains will follow. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 3 May 2021 Some called Selena a trendsetter while others, like Twitter user @Op1nions1, dug deep and found that Kendall actually wore the dress back in January for her Vogue China cover shoot. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 5 Apr. 2021 She already was considered a trendsetter for her versatility and ability to play any position on the court. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2021 There was no hesitation from Paul in making Duncanville a trendsetter. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of trendsetter

1936, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jun 2021

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“Trendsetter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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