up-and-com·​ing ˌəp-ən(d)-ˈkə-miŋ How to pronounce up-and-coming (audio)
: gaining prominence and likely to advance or succeed
an up-and-coming young actor
up-and-comer noun

Examples of up-and-coming in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The semi-autobiographical story centers on an up-and-coming journalist in Philadelphia who deals with shaky self-esteem, a fresh-out-of-the-closet mom, an absent father and the guy who broke her heart. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2024 While established artists often compete for a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and Billboard 200 albums ranking, which track the most popular songs and albums of the week, respectively, up-and-coming talents typically start off on genre-specific lists. Xander Zellner, Billboard, 4 Apr. 2024 In January, the James Beard Foundation announced five Michigan semifinalists, ranging from longtime establishments like Dearborn bakery Shatila to up-and-coming cooks like Rocky Coronado, who runs a nontraditional business for the Beard Awards — Nepantla Café, a Southwest Detroit vegan taco truck. Detroit Free Press, 3 Apr. 2024 The article also includes judge’s picks to spotlight up-and-coming restaurants. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024 Caitlin Clark against Southern Cal’s up-and-coming freshman JuJu Watkins. Trisha Garcia-Easto, Sacramento Bee, 2 Apr. 2024 Police catch a break when Anthony Curry, an up-and-coming filmmaker and classmate of McAtasney and Stern, called investigators with shocking new information that Stern may have actually been murdered. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 1 Apr. 2024 Discovering up-and-coming artists is your favorite pastime. Essence Lifestyle, Essence, 1 Apr. 2024 And the departure of Gallagher, who has served just four terms, may particularly sting as he was seen as an up-and-coming serious legislator who could have become a party leader someday. Nathaniel Rakich, ABC News, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of up-and-coming was in 1926

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“Up-and-coming.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/up-and-coming. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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