- a person who carries a torch.
- a leader in a movement, campaign, etc.: a torchbearer of democracy.
Origin of torchbearer
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Examples from the Web for torchbearer
He was also, in his own unique way, a torchbearer for racial equality.‘No No,’ a Documentary on MLB Pitcher Dock Ellis, Who Pitched a No-Hitter While Tripping on Acid
February 5, 2014
It was his inner core that made him a torchbearer of ideals.Robert Shrum on Friend George McGovern, the Prophet Politician
October 22, 2012
The crier and torchbearer were important functionaries at the celebration of the Eleusinian mysteries.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
He gathered up the tools of his trade, and motioned to his torchbearer to go before.To Have and To Hold
- a person or thing that carries a torch
- a person who leads or inspires
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