pioneer

noun
pi·​o·​neer | \ˌpī-ə-ˈnir \

Definition of pioneer 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a member of a military unit usually of construction engineers

2a : a person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity or a new method or technical development

b : one of the first to settle in a territory

3 : a plant or animal capable of establishing itself in a bare, barren, or open area and initiating an ecological cycle

pioneer

verb
pioneered; pioneering; pioneers

Definition of pioneer (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to act as a pioneer pioneered in the development of airplanes

transitive verb

1 : to open or prepare for others to follow also : settle

2 : to originate or take part in the development of

pioneer

adjective

Definition of pioneer (Entry 3 of 3)

2 : relating to or being a pioneer especially : of, relating to, or characteristic of early settlers or their time

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Examples of pioneer in a Sentence

Noun

the pioneers who settled in the American West in the 19th century the hardships that the pioneers endured while taming the wilderness

Verb

a painter who pioneered a new art form The new method of cancer treatment was pioneered by an international team of researchers. He helped pioneer a new route to the West. He pioneered in the development of airplanes.

Adjective

the nation's pioneer institution for the education of African-Americans
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

David Goeddel is a world-renowned biotechnology pioneer, not that a 10-year-old would have thought of his father quite that way. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "His sons grew to be Dodgers after he invented substance now banned by MLB," 15 June 2018 Beltre has more career hits than any other major leaguer from the Dominican Republic, and Ginobili is not only an Argentinean basketball pioneer, but a folk hero. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "Once an SA phenom, Adrian Beltre enters his twilight," 16 May 2018 April 24, 2018 —In 1913, my great-grandparents – both pioneers in the Oklahoma Territory – decided to honor the brand-new Democratic president of the United States. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Moralist': What drove the 'tragic figure' of Woodrow Wilson?," 24 Apr. 2018 Immediately, his fellow artists, celebrities and friends from around the globe began sharing their sadness and respects for the young producer and EDM pioneer, who began making hits at just 16 years old. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here's How Celebrities Are Reacting to Avicii's Tragic Death," 20 Apr. 2018 Germany, too, wants to be a pioneer, Anja Karliczek, Germany's minister for Education and Research, said at the conference. Tania Rabesandratana, Science | AAAS, "Emmanuel Macron wants to France to become a leader in AI and avoid ‘dystopia’," 30 Mar. 2018 Deschamps-Braly avidly studied the history of craniofacial surgery, learning about other pioneers, including René Le Fort, who, in the late nineteenth century, categorized the types of skull fractures that might be caused by blunt trauma. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Story of a Trans Woman’s Face," 12 Mar. 2018 All three are pioneers, advocates, and amazing women. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Meet 7 Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalists," 9 Mar. 2018 Also nominated is Back to the Moon, an VR homage to the work of VFX pioneer Georges Melies and his 1902 film A Trip to the Moon, created through the Google Spotlight Stories program. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Virtual Reality Shows Momentum in Interactive Programming," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Descriptions of the trend pioneered by the siblings were sibilant: soccer-style, sidewinder, sidesaddle. Michael Farber, SI.com, "Mark Moseley, Last of the Straight-On Kickers," 2 July 2018 The surgery pioneered by Dr. Frank Jobe involves replacing a torn or ruptured ligament in the elbow known as the ulnar collateral ligament with a tendon from another part of the body. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Teen Tommy John surgeries, youth sports injuries reach epidemic proportions," 28 June 2018 So the future of PUBG is likely as a mobile, free-to-play title — and not as a paid PC game distributed on Steam — that uses monetization strategies pioneered by Epic with Fortnite. Nick Statt, The Verge, "PUBG is copying Fortnite’s smartest feature with its new seasonal Event Pass," 20 June 2018 The first one claims the concept of using an entropy decoder state machine that includes a Boolean ANS decoder and a symbol ANS decoder—both versions of ANS pioneered by Duda—to decode the stream of symbols. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain," 10 June 2018 That faction, pioneered by former Texas congressman Ron Paul, could gain traction with the marijuana issue in particular. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Why President Trump May Well Flip-Flop on Marijuana Legalization," 9 June 2018 That’s because one of the project’s most unique features is its emphasis on Latino Urbanism, an idea pioneered by urban planner James Rojas. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "The First Phase of San Antonio’s ‘Latino High Line’ Is Now Open," 1 June 2018 Embolization, a procedure pioneered by interventional radiologists, can be used to stop bleeding or to starve a fibroid or tumor of its blood supply. Susan Scutti, CNN, "What we know -- and don't know -- about Melania Trump's procedure," 15 May 2018 The spandex brand Lycra would become particularly associated with cycling getups like bib shorts, whose shoulder straps were more comfortable than the complicated systems pioneered by the Victorians. Christine Ro, The Atlantic, "How Cycling Clothing Opened Doors for Women," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pioneer

Noun

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1780, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Adjective

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pioneer

Noun

Middle French pionier, from Old French peonier foot soldier, from peon foot soldier, from Medieval Latin pedon-, pedo — more at pawn

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pioneer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pioneer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who helps create or develop new ideas, methods, etc.

: someone who is one of the first people to move to and live in a new area

pioneer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pioneer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to help create or develop (new ideas, methods, etc.) : to be a pioneer in the development of (something)

pioneer

noun
pi·​o·​neer | \ˌpī-ə-ˈnir \

Kids Definition of pioneer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who is one of the first to settle in an area

2 : a person who begins or helps develop something new and prepares the way for others to follow They were pioneers in the field of medicine.

pioneer

verb
pioneered; pioneering

Kids Definition of pioneer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to explore or open up ways or regions for others to follow

2 : to begin something new or take part in the early development of something They pioneered new scientific techniques.

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