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 Although celebrities are known and admired for their sense of style and trendsetting taste, there's a fine line between appreciation and appropriation that social media users continually debate, define and defend. USA Today, 5 May 2021 Featuring 12 red-carpet-ready shades, the line celebrates the romanticised bygone era of vintage Hollywood glamour with an update incorporating a prediction of this season's most trendsetting colours. Sarah Midkiff,, 2 Feb. 2021 Even in death, Selena's trendsetting looks continue to inspire beauty collections and makeup products named in her honor. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Allure, 4 Dec. 2020 Now through Cyber Monday, the trendsetting brand is offering 25% off its entire site. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, 27 Nov. 2020 The mogul called on his peers to demand change, while evoking the trendsetting nature of hip-hop. Washington Post, 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, 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, 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, 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of trendsetting

1935, in the meaning defined above

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“Trendsetting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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