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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a closely watched trendsetter in women's fashions
Recent Examples on the Web 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 And these trendsetters brought in a decade with mini bags, patterned suits and bustiers. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Dressed Black Creatives This Week," 3 Jan. 2020 The lessons of recent years are that, even if Brits do start spending more on little luxuries, there’s no guarantee that the trendsetters of a decade ago will be the ones to gain. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "‘Hug-Gate,’ Inventory Screw-ups, Ousted CEOs: How a Fashion Retailer Went from On Trend to On the Brink," 19 Dec. 2019 The biggest indictment of Donald Trump’s sham trial is that most Americans have ignored it FOR METROPOLITAN trendsetters and the masses, the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson was the great event of 1868. The Economist, "Lexington Voting with their eyeballs," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of trendsetter

1936, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2020

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“Trendsetter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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

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