Definition of trailblazer in English:



  • 1A person who makes a new track through wild country.

    • ‘He cites the government-commissioned exploits of Columbus and Drake as imperative trailblazers prior to the opening of commercial traffic, but it is here that the analogy falls apart.’
    • ‘Those brave souls on Columbia were trailblazers for us all.’
    • ‘He embarks on the four-day drive from Massachusetts to Cheyenne as if to emulate the trailblazers of the frontier.’
    • ‘In the inner canyon George became an explorer, a trailblazer, a survivor.’
    settler, colonist, colonizer, frontiersman, frontierswoman, explorer, trailblazer, discoverer
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    1. 1.1A person who is the first to do something; an innovator.
      ‘he was a trailblazer for many ideas that are now standard fare’
      • ‘We've been trailblazers before, and we're going to break new ground again.’
      • ‘For art historians, this challenging work will offer an alternative to a history of Modern art which is all-too-often peopled with heroic trailblazers and lovable rogues.’
      • ‘Some look upon the women as trailblazers in a forbidden area, while many others hold them in disdain because of their frivolous character.’
      • ‘Most of the artistic terrain here has been mapped out by the trailblazers of past generations, yet these contemporary artists seem satisfied to meekly follow along this well-worn path.’
      • ‘Every place she's been, she's been a trailblazer, a pioneer.’
      • ‘These trailblazers fought for the freedoms relished in every modern Western university today.’
      • ‘Diane is also a bit of a trailblazer and innovator.’
      • ‘The UK's original trailblazer for digital photo printing is still, in our opinion, the leader of the pack - despite increasing competition.’
      • ‘A trailblazer all her life, she is unperturbed when it comes to speaking her mind on controversial issues regarding life and love.’
      • ‘The school, which has been a trailblazer in organising such horse shows, continues to encourage innovative activities that help build a strong individual.’
      • ‘And imitation isn't just the best form of flattery, but often a good indication of who the trailblazers are.’
      • ‘Mentoring is part of our role as pioneers and trailblazers… but you have to make sure you have the time to do your primary work.’
      • ‘He's been called a pioneer, a trailblazer, and a legend.’
      • ‘It is great for us to be a trailblazer in such an important development for children.’
      • ‘Pope John Paul II was a trailblazer in many areas.’
      • ‘Tonight, they're trailblazers and policy makers, partisans searching for common ground.’
      • ‘But now, 40 years later, the respective legacies of these trailblazers have been unfairly forgotten; they've been reduced to mere whispered legend amongst archivists and senior staff members.’
      • ‘The problem, which is a blessing and a curse, is that this industry has an abundance of relatively young and inexperienced trailblazers.’
      • ‘Hunger strikers no longer feel obliged to duplicate the gravitas of such famous trailblazers as the suffragettes and Gandhi.’
      • ‘The women mentioned here are trailblazers not aiming for a mainstream audience.’
      pioneer, developer, groundbreaker, trailblazer, pathfinder, front runner, spearhead, prime mover
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