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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that carries a torch.
  • noun One, such as the leader of a government, who imparts knowledge, truth, or inspiration to others.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who bears a torch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One whose office it is to carry a torch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who carries a torch (flaming brand)
  • noun by extension The leader of a campaign, or one who gives inspiration to others

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a leader in a campaign or movement

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