trail·​blaz·​er | \ ˈtrāl-ˌblā-zər How to pronounce trailblazer (audio) \

Definition of trailblazer

1 : pioneer sense 2 a trailblazer in astrophysics
2 : one that blazes a trail to guide others : pathfinder

Examples of trailblazer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everyone online could do with a scholar’s return to Arte’s Gem Hunt to finish their legendary Crown of Wonder and pay digital respects to a trailblazer in online community development. Jackson Weimer, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Beximco Pharma has been a trailblazer in the industry over the past four decades. Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Harrison is hoping to change that by being a trailblazer in her sport. Karen Mizoguchi,, 16 Aug. 2021 With over 30 years of experience in major cities including Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Jacksonville, Lassiter is a trailblazer in the CRE industry, where less than 10% of the C-suite positions are held by females. David Sher, al, 15 Aug. 2021 At 13 years old, Momiji Nishiya is now a trailblazer in her Olympic sport. Taylor Dutc, Glamour, 26 July 2021 At 13 years old, Momiji Nishiya is now a trailblazer in her Olympic sport. Taylor Dutc, SELF, 26 July 2021 Vanessa Zoltan is a trailblazer in the spheres of religion as well as literary criticism., 4 July 2021 In addition to saving the ocean, here is what the sustainability trailblazer and philanthropist is up to these days. Angela Chan, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of trailblazer

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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15 Oct 2021

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“Trailblazer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trailblazer

: a person who makes, does, or discovers something new and makes it acceptable or popular
: a person who marks or prepares a trail through a forest or field for other people to follow

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