from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that carries a torch.
- n. One, such as the leader of a government, who imparts knowledge, truth, or inspiration to others.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who carries a torch (flaming brand)
- n. The leader of a campaign, or one who gives inspiration to others
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One whose office it is to carry a torch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who bears a torch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a leader in a campaign or movement
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Wyatt also said he wants to be not only a "torchbearer" for his constituency, but also the Aboriginal community.
Ride back north, from Rantum, but bypass Westerland, and head east to the village of Keitum, the island's torchbearer of the local North Frisian ways.
On the evidence of this book, however, Waldman is simply not bad enough to be our modern-day bad mother torchbearer.
A Mayor elected after promising to slash council spending, clear the streets of yobs and ditch politically correct services is the torchbearer for how towns should be run.
It was the torchbearer for all other situation comedies in the history of television.
Gadhafi adopted grandiose titles over the years—"Imam of all Muslims," "Dean of Arab Rulers," "King of Africa's Kings"—he still views himself first as the torchbearer and guardian of a revolution that has put Libya on the map.
Because of the desire to pass through so many towns and villages, and feature so many picturesque landmarks, the procession will only be in "torchbearer mode" for 60% of the time.
But most of the time it will be torchbearer to torchbearer.
He's a businessman masquerading as a torchbearer for truth and reason and whatever fluff he fills his films with.
In the speech, Mr. Sadr brandished his credentials not only as the torchbearer of a prominent and traditionally activist Shiite religious family, but equally as a kingmaker in the rough-and-tumble world of Iraqi politics.