trend·​set·​ting | \ ˈtren(d)-ˌse-tiŋ How to pronounce trendsetting (audio) \
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Definition of trendsetting

: having the effect of starting or helping to popularize a new trend, fashion, style, movement, etc. a trendsetting design/designer a trendsetting restaurant The London show generated a good deal of excitement, in part because it presented a broader range of work than you might normally expect from a trendsetting exhibition.— Jed Perl

Examples of trendsetting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mogul called on his peers to demand change, while evoking the trendsetting nature of hip-hop. Washington Post, "Diddy called out the Grammys for ignoring black artists during a pre-awards gala. The issue was still true when the ceremony took place on Sunday.," 27 Jan. 2020 Oh, and then there was Rihanna, who not-so-casually dominated the entire decade and solidified her status as a trendsetting style icon. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "The Best Celebrity Fashion Moments of the 2010s," 10 Dec. 2019 The Curlfest Atlanta ladies were particularly creative with their ponytails and buns, wearing them in a variety of dope ways that remind us how imaginative and trendsetting Black women are. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "25 Creative Ponytails And Buns From Curlfest Atlanta We Want To Try," 23 Sep. 2019 To create a rightful space where Black stylists, models, photographers, designers and more can be recognized for their trendsetting work. Nandi Howard, Essence, "These Are The Winners Of The Best In Black Fashion Awards," 5 Sep. 2019 And today, the actress flaunted her latest trendsetting fit: a pair of denim overalls. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner’s Overalls Will Be Your Go-To Fall Fashion Item," 26 Aug. 2019 But after the mind-blowing, Tang-selling, moon-boot trendsetting triumph of the landing, both the general indifference and the specific skepticism were forgotten. New York Times, "Fifty Years Ago We Landed on the Moon. Why Should We Care Now?," 14 June 2019 The moment those swirly prints appeared on the Spring 2019 runways, Hadid, like a true trendsetting model, began wearing them immediately. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid, Lover of Tie-Dye, Gives the Groovy Look a Coachella Spin," 14 Apr. 2019 Image To reach young Brooklynites, a trendsetting group often hunched over phones, Stuyvesant Town has rolled out an ad campaign that may seem counterintuitive, involving something both old-fashioned and off-line: a truck. New York Times, "Cruising for Renters," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of trendsetting

1935, in the meaning defined above

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“Trendsetting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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