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Meaning of torchbearer

torch•bear•er

Pronunciation: (tôrch'bâr"ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who carries a torch.
  2. a leader in a movement, campaign, etc.: a torchbearer of democracy.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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