trend·​set·​ting ˈtren(d)-ˌse-tiŋ How to pronounce trendsetting (audio)
variants or trend-setting
: 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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to her earth-shattering performances, Nicki always lights up the red carpet with trendsetting fashion and hairstyles, garnering massive attention across various forms of social media. Okla Jones, Essence, 8 Aug. 2022 On TikTok, Black creators continue to inspire mainstream culture and define what’s next in entertainment, through their trendsetting creativity and authentic storytelling. Essence, 1 July 2022 To celebrate queerness in any real way is to understand that trendsetting and culture-making is always bottom-up, not the other way around. Marjua Estevez,, 29 June 2022 Along with fellow Keinemusil member Adam Port, &Me and Rampa are currently delivering these same sleek vibes to trendsetting dancefloors, amidst their current residency at house and techno mecca Circoloco at DC10 in Ibiza and at Miami’s Club Space. Katie Bain, Billboard, 20 June 2022 Google on Wednesday took a big step toward pushing its Pixel product line-up down a road already paved by Apple and its array of trendsetting devices. Michael Liedtke,, 11 May 2022 The popularity of social apps such as TikTok has given rise to a new entertainment industry, one that capitalizes on viral and trendsetting videos. Lynsey Weatherspoon/redux For Cnn, CNN, 7 May 2022 Berk’s studio, a former hat factory in the Marylebone neighborhood, was soon drawing trendsetting students, including the writer Edna O’Brien and the Bond girl Britt Ekland. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 Since 2002, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim have run their trendsetting label Opening Ceremony more like a social club than a clothing line. New York Times, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trendsetting was in 1935

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Cite this Entry

“Trendsetting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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Last Updated: 15 Sep 2022

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