groundbreaker

noun
ground·​break·​er | \ ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌbrā-kər How to pronounce groundbreaker (audio) \

Definition of groundbreaker

: one that innovates : pioneer

Examples of groundbreaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Samuel Battle, the first black officer in New York City’s police department, recognized himself as a groundbreaker. oregonlive, "Portland’s first black police officer didn’t last long, but he refused to give up; 20 years later he became heralded sheriff’s deputy," 18 June 2020 How Jerry Lawson got into games A groundbreaker as one of the few African-American engineers in the industry at the time, Lawson grew up in Queens, New York. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Before Nintendo and Atari: How a black engineer changed the video game industry forever," 27 Feb. 2020 Donald Glover, who became a TV groundbreaker with the great Atlanta, played LeVar Burton’s biggest fan. Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE.com, "The Best TV Shows of the Decade, from Game of Thrones to Stranger Things," 23 Dec. 2019 Stella McCartney received the groundbreaker award for founding her brand 25 years ago on sustainable principles, when it was still considered a fringe notion. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sophia Loren, Valentino receive standing ovation in Milan," 23 Sep. 2019 Our weekly countdown of the top newsmakers, groundbreakers and world-class fakers by Kevin Cusick. 10. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Ten: 9-16-19," 16 Sep. 2019 Our weekly countdown of the top newsmakers, groundbreakers and world-class fakers by Kevin Cusick. 10. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Ten: 9-16-19," 16 Sep. 2019 Our weekly countdown of the top newsmakers, groundbreakers and world-class fakers by Kevin Cusick. 10. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Ten: 9-16-19," 16 Sep. 2019 Our weekly countdown of the top newsmakers, groundbreakers and world-class fakers by Kevin Cusick. 10. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Ten: 8-26-19," 26 Aug. 2019

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Groundbreaker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groundbreaker. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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