trailblazer

[ treyl-bley-zer ]
/ ˈtreɪlˌbleɪ zər /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. trail mix,
  2. trail of tears,
  3. trail rope,
  4. trailable,
  5. trailblaze,
  6. trailblazing,
  7. trailboard,
  8. trailbreaker,
  9. trailer,
  10. trailer camp

Origin of trailblazer

First recorded in 1905–10; trail + blaze2 + -er1

Also called trail·break·er [treyl-brey-ker] /ˈtreɪlˌbreɪ kər/.

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British Dictionary definitions for trailblazer

trailblazer

/ (ˈtreɪlˌbleɪzə) /

noun

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

trailblazer

n.

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

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