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trailblazer

[treyl-bley-zer]
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noun
  1. a person who blazes a trail for others to follow through unsettled country or wilderness; pathfinder.
  2. a pioneer in any field of endeavor: a trailblazer in science.
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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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wanderercreatorpioneervanguardavant-gardediscoverertrailblazergroundbreakerpilgrimfoundersettlercolonistimmigrantscoutexplorerguidedevelopersquatterleaderinnovator

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British Dictionary definitions for trailblazer

trailblazer

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

n.

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

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