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

Definition of groundbreaker

: one that innovates : pioneer

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Our weekly countdown of the top newsmakers, groundbreakers and world-class fakers by Kevin Cusick. 10. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Ten: 7-1-19," 30 June 2019 Our weekly countdown of the top newsmakers, groundbreakers and world-class fakers by Kevin Cusick. 10. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop Ten: 6-24-19," 24 June 2019 There are so many incredible groundbreakers, rule-breakers, and game-changers who are shaking things up from the ground up. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Amber Heard Is Really Sick of the Dumb Blonde Cliché," 6 Jan. 2019 Crazy Rich Asians is a groundbreaker for lots of reasons, but having a woman at its center who grows and becomes stronger without compromising her own moral center in the midst of unimaginable glamour is one of them. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Crazy Rich Asians is a dazzling, sumptuous success," 18 Aug. 2018 The film was many things at once: a cultural touchstone, a technological groundbreaker and crackling entertainment. Jason Bailey, New York Times, "10 Movies to Fill the ‘Jurassic’-Sized Hole in Your Heart," 11 June 2018 In many ways, Van Gundy’s 2009 Magic were groundbreakers who opened the door and showed the rest of the league what the future would look like. Mike Bianchi,, "An appeal to new coach Steve Clifford: Reinvent Stan Plan and make Orlando Magic fun again," 3 June 2018 The council voted unanimously Tuesday to name the City Council Chambers in Historic City Hall after Johnston and to install a plaque honoring her role as a groundbreaker. Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "Sacramento had the state’s first woman in office. She’s finally being honored | The Sacramento Bee," 22 Mar. 2018 Today, Burnett is considered a groundbreaker for women in comedy and the entertainment business. Laura Demarco,, "Carol Burnett on TV, Tim Conway and the tour that brings her to Cleveland," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of groundbreaker

1940, in the meaning defined above

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