trend·​spot·​ter | \ ˈtren(d)-ˌspä-tər How to pronounce trendspotter (audio) \
variants: or trend-spotter or trend spotter
plural trendspotters or trend-spotters or trend spotters

Definition of trendspotter

: a person who identifies and makes predictions about developing trends in the culture at large or in a particular field (such as fashion) In the old days, trends would percolate through the population slowly via the "and-they-told-two-friends" network. Now trends spread virally, via e-mail and instant messaging, with professional trend spotters snapping at their heels, hurrying them onward ever faster.— Lev Grossman Last June, the trend-spotters—people whose job is to find out what colors, styles and moods are hot—camped out in the Riviera resort town, looking at store windows and watching what café society was wearing. The verdict: the cargo pant.— Jennifer Steinhauer

Other Words from trendspotter

trendspotting \ ˈtren(d)-​ˌspä-​tiŋ How to pronounce trendspotter (audio) \ or trend-spotting adjective
trendspotting tools … the company did a trendspotting exercise and it found that consumer searches on the platform for gaming machines were actually on the rise. — Anuj Bhatia
trendspotting or trend-spotting noun
They have been remarkably accurate in their trendspotting, forecasting global changes that have proven good for downtowns. — Liz Swaine Trend-spotting is big business. Currently, the biggest name in the business is Faith Popcorn, whose firm, BrainReserve, has clients … that pay millions of dollars for the identification and analysis of trends. — David Rouse

First Known Use of trendspotter

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Trendspotter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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