ground·​break·​er ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌbrā-kər How to pronounce groundbreaker (audio)
: one that innovates : pioneer

Examples of groundbreaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The original 1993 Broadway musical, with its flying Tommy and galloping pinball machine, was a visual groundbreaker, warmed by excellent performances. Jesse Green, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 News Of The Week Netflix's release of the biopic Shirley, starring Regina King as political groundbreaker Shirley Chisholm, is shining a light on Chisholm’s historic run for President of the United States in 1972. Maggie McGrath, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 But back then, Ichiro was a groundbreaker in a similar way to Lee, who is trying to join Padres shortstop Ha-Seong Kim as the only position players to make the successful jump from the KBO to MLB. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 10 Mar. 2024 Kevin Cusick’s countdown of the top newsmakers, groundbreakers and world-class fakers looks back on all the pomp and circumstance surrounding Sunday’s rather large football game. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, 12 Feb. 2024 Lady Bird Johnson and Betty Ford were both groundbreakers and activists in their own way, leaving impressively lasting legacies. Peter Baker, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Magazine’s 13th annual Innovator Awards along with 6 other cultural groundbreakers on Nov. 1. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 But by her death, alone and nearly destitute, at the age of 76 in 2003, she had been eclipsed by newer stars as well as by later groundbreakers like Arthur Ashe. Clea Simon,, 10 Aug. 2023 One of our all-time greats, a groundbreaker as a running back and human being. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of groundbreaker was in 1940

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“Groundbreaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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