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torchbearer

[tawrch-bair-er]
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noun
  1. a person who carries a torch.
  2. a leader in a movement, campaign, etc.: a torchbearer of democracy.

Origin of torchbearer

First recorded in 1530–40; torch1 + bearer
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torchbearer

noun
  1. a person or thing that carries a torch
  2. a person who leads or inspires
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