pioneer


1pi·o·neer

noun \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

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