Definition of tastemaker in US English:

tastemaker

noun

  • A person who decides or influences what is or will become fashionable.

    • ‘Bluegrass, once so studiously ignored by Nashville tastemakers intent on erasing the roots of country music, has come into its own.’
    • ‘The city has always been a hot spot for youth culture and dance music, safely tucked away from the fickle world of London tastemakers.’
    • ‘Effective buzz aligns advertising campaigns with local market influencers, trendsetters, and tastemakers.’
    • ‘Really, it's a fashion started by Crumb who was kind of the king, the tastemaker.’
    • ‘We thought he would be just another puppet who wanted to sound cool so he could be liked by tastemakers.’
    • ‘Similarly, American tastemakers have for decades condemned neon signs as the epitome of commercial tackiness, and many cities continue to ban neon.’
    • ‘By economizing on the need for agreement, you're economizing on the need for consensus and the need for gatekeepers and tastemakers, roles intellectuals have traditionally filled.’
    • ‘He soon attracted the patronage of the tastemakers in Boston society, and by 1805 he had a well-deserved reputation.’
    • ‘One paradox is that the Canadian shows that do get good numbers often flourish in the regions, but the official tastemakers disproportionately speak from Toronto.’
    • ‘Oddly, while the Stateside media has become suspicious of British press hype, their own tastemakers look to us as a type of buzz barometer for US bands.’
    • ‘We were confronting the current snobbery surrounding design - like the assumption that the only ones who can design are these tastemakers, these experts.’
    • ‘Is your exquisite taste really your taste, or are you simply conforming to standards currently approved by the tastemakers of your society?’
    • ‘I trust the American public much more than the tastemakers.’
    • ‘Italian, and specifically Venetian, eighteenth-century decorative arts were increasingly popular at this time, advocated by Wharton and other tastemakers.’
    • ‘If that is intended as a riposte to the journalists and tastemakers who think that they have him pigeonholed, it is a spectacular and effective one.’
    • ‘Despite this anti-modernist sentimentality, from the 1930s to the 1950s Jaques's enormous popularity could not be wholly ignored by highbrow tastemakers.’
    • ‘But in many cases, and particularly in the judgment of some macho tastemakers, there's something inherently soft about piano trios.’
    • ‘Viewers can then vote online to decide which of these would-be tastemakers will appear on the TV.’
    • ‘Because people like it, and there are still sufficient numbers of people who resist the seductions of so-called tastemakers to make a viable market for it.’
    • ‘Downtown tastemakers will quietly rave about something or someone until that music or art achieves a relative popularity - then it is denigrated as having ‘been better when I first saw them.’’

Pronunciation

tastemaker

/ˈtāstˌmākər/