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1pioneer

noun pi·o·neer \ˌpī-ə-ˈnir\

: a person who helps create or develop new ideas, methods, etc.

: someone who is one of the first people to move to and live in a new area

Full Definition of PIONEER

1
:  a member of a military unit usually of construction engineers
2
a :  a person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method or technical development
b :  one of the first to settle in a territory
3
:  a plant or animal capable of establishing itself in a bare, barren, or open area and initiating an ecological cycle

Examples of PIONEER

  1. the pioneers who settled in the American West in the 19th century
  2. <the hardships that the pioneers endured while taming the wilderness>

Origin of PIONEER

Middle French pionier, from Old French peonier foot soldier, from peon foot soldier, from Medieval Latin pedon-, pedo — more at pawn
First Known Use: 1523

2pioneer

verb

: to help create or develop (new ideas, methods, etc.) : to be a pioneer in the development of (something)

Full Definition of PIONEER

intransitive verb
:  to act as a pioneer <pioneered in the development of airplanes>
transitive verb
1
:  to open or prepare for others to follow; also :  settle
2
:  to originate or take part in the development of

Examples of PIONEER

  1. a painter who pioneered a new art form
  2. The new method of cancer treatment was pioneered by an international team of researchers.
  3. He helped pioneer a new route to the West.
  4. He pioneered in the development of airplanes.

First Known Use of PIONEER

1780

3pioneer

adjective

Definition of PIONEER

2
:  relating to or being a pioneer; especially :  of, relating to, or characteristic of early settlers or their time

Examples of PIONEER

  1. <the nation's pioneer institution for the education of African-Americans>

First Known Use of PIONEER

1836
PIONEER Defined for Kids

1pioneer

noun pi·o·neer \ˌpī-ə-ˈnir\

Definition of PIONEER for Kids

1
:  a person who is one of the first to settle in an area
2
:  a person who begins or helps develop something new and prepares the way for others to follow <They were pioneers in the field of medicine.>

Word History of PIONEER

The source of our word pioneer is ultimately Old French peonier or pionier, a derivative of peon, foot soldier. The word peonier also originally meant foot soldier, but later appeared in the sense digger or excavator, and by the 1300s referred to a soldier who went ahead of the main army and prepared forts for the men who would follow. The word was borrowed by English in the 1500s, and may still apply to troops who build roads and bridges (though engineer is the usual term in the United States Army). The word is usually used in the figurative sense of someone who prepares the way for others.

2pioneer

verb
pi·o·neeredpi·o·neer·ing

Definition of PIONEER for Kids

1
:  to explore or open up ways or regions for others to follow
2
:  to begin something new or take part in the early development of something <They pioneered new scientific techniques.>

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