a person who blazes a trail for others to follow through unsettled country or wilderness; pathfinder.
a pioneer in any field of endeavor: a trailblazer in science.

Origin of trailblazer

First recorded in 1905–10; trail + blaze2 + -er1
Also called trail·break·er [treyl-brey-ker] /ˈtreɪlˌbreɪ kər/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a leader or pioneer in a particular field
a person who blazes a trail
Derived Formstrailblazing, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for trailblazer

by 1893, from trail (n.) + agent noun from blaze (2).

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