Definition of trailblazer in English:



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

    • ‘Those brave souls on Columbia were trailblazers for us all.’
    • ‘In the inner canyon George became an explorer, a trailblazer, a survivor.’
    • ‘He embarks on the four-day drive from Massachusetts to Cheyenne as if to emulate the trailblazers of the frontier.’
    • ‘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.’
    settler, colonist, colonizer, frontiersman, frontierswoman, explorer, discoverer
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    1. 1.1 A person who is the first to do something; an innovator.
      ‘he was a trailblazer for many ideas that are now standard fare’
      • ‘He's been called a pioneer, a trailblazer, and a legend.’
      • ‘We've been trailblazers before, and we're going to break new ground again.’
      • ‘Diane is also a bit of a trailblazer and innovator.’
      • ‘The school, which has been a trailblazer in organising such horse shows, continues to encourage innovative activities that help build a strong individual.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The UK's original trailblazer for digital photo printing is still, in our opinion, the leader of the pack - despite increasing competition.’
      • ‘The women mentioned here are trailblazers not aiming for a mainstream audience.’
      • ‘A trailblazer all her life, she is unperturbed when it comes to speaking her mind on controversial issues regarding life and love.’
      • ‘Tonight, they're trailblazers and policy makers, partisans searching for common ground.’
      • ‘Pope John Paul II was a trailblazer in many areas.’
      • ‘And imitation isn't just the best form of flattery, but often a good indication of who the trailblazers are.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is great for us to be a trailblazer in such an important development for children.’
      • ‘Some look upon the women as trailblazers in a forbidden area, while many others hold them in disdain because of their frivolous character.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hunger strikers no longer feel obliged to duplicate the gravitas of such famous trailblazers as the suffragettes and Gandhi.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The problem, which is a blessing and a curse, is that this industry has an abundance of relatively young and inexperienced trailblazers.’
      • ‘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.’
      pioneer, developer, groundbreaker, pathfinder, front runner, spearhead, prime mover
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