Definition of torchbearer in English:

torchbearer

Line breaks: torch|bear¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈtɔːtʃˌbɛːrə
 
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noun

  • 1A person who carries a ceremonial torch.
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    • The talented dancer will have the world's gaze on her when she becomes one of the torch-bearers carrying the Olympic flame through London.
    • The Bulgarian itinerary for the Olympic Torch Relay will include 25 selected torch-bearers of all professional backgrounds, and ages varying from 14 to 80.
    • There were little torch-bearers who declared the ‘mini Olympic’ open, there was a march past as part of the event and even cheerleaders.
  • 1.1A person who leads or inspires others in working towards a valued goal: some of the original feminist torchbearers
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    • A bright-eyed and smiling torch-bearer, she leads the only private, non-profit organisation devoted to on-site conservation of monuments and sites worldwide.
    • Vedanta and KCM, being the good partners they have proved, should be torch-bearers in helping realise such a dream.
    • The country to show that it has embraced democracy should be a torch-bearer in promoting dialogue.

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