torchbearer

[ tawrch-bair-er ]
/ ˈtɔrtʃˌbɛər ər /
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noun

a person who carries a torch.
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

/ (ˈtɔːtʃˌbɛərə) /

noun

a person or thing that carries a torch
a person who leads or inspires
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