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 Another groundbreaker at this biennale is Sonia Boyce as the first black woman to represent Great Britain. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Several described Cardenas, one of the victims, as a groundbreaker who paved the way for women and people of color in the industry. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, 31 Dec. 2021 Abloh was considered a groundbreaker for Black fashion designers, according to fashion industry insiders. Kasim Kabbara, ABC News, 29 Nov. 2021 James Petrakis wine before the Ravenous Pig was even a thing, before his own Courtesy Bar became a groundbreaker for the city’s craft cocktail scene. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 1 Nov. 2021 Navratilova won the Wimbledon singles title at 34 in 1990 and continued to win doubles championships until 2006, becoming a groundbreaker in longevity. New York Times, 6 June 2021 Many, many important difficult issues found their way to television thanks to Lear, a true groundbreaker. BostonGlobe.com, 2 June 2021 But without her mother’s influence, Smith might not be a baseball pioneer right now, a groundbreaker just months after Kim Ng was named general manager of the Miami Marlins, becoming the first woman in Major League Baseball to hold the title. New York Times, 3 Mar. 2021 Kaplan is embracing the challenges that come with being a groundbreaker. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of groundbreaker

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 9 Aug. 2022.

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