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pacesetter

[ peys-set-er ]
/ ˈpeɪsˌsɛt ər /
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noun

a person, group, or organization that is the most progressive or successful and serves as a model to be imitated.
a person or thing that sets the pace, as in racing.

RELATED WORDS

pioneer, forerunner, bellwether, leader, pacer

Nearby words

paced, pacefollower, pacemaker, pacemaker, artificial, pacer, pacesetter, paceway, pacey, pacha, pachalic, pachelbel

Origin of pacesetter

First recorded in 1890–95; pace1 + setter
Also called pacemaker.
Related formspace·set·ting, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pacesetter

  • The pacesetter and de facto ringleader of The Roots has, to his credit, had one hell of a day.

    A Day in the Life of The Roots' Questlove|Marlow Stern|December 9, 2011|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for pacesetter

pacesetter

/ (ˈpeɪsˌsɛtə) /

noun

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