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 Many, many important difficult issues found their way to television thanks to Lear, a true groundbreaker., 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 That sense of fundamental change was reinforced by the inauguration as vice president of Kamala Harris, a groundbreaker who became the first woman and first woman of color to be elected to national office. Susan Page, USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2021 As only the second woman to be elected to Congress in San Diego County, Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, was a groundbreaker from day one. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Dec. 2020 Samuel Battle, the first black officer in New York City’s police department, recognized himself as a groundbreaker. oregonlive, 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, 27 Feb. 2020 Donald Glover, who became a TV groundbreaker with the great Atlanta, played LeVar Burton’s biggest fan. Tom Gliatto,, 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of groundbreaker

1940, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2021

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“Groundbreaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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