pioneer

noun
pi·​o·​neer | \ ˌpī-ə-ˈnir How to pronounce pioneer (audio) \

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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But none has possessed the significance of this early pioneer. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 19 July 2022 The legendary music mogul was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 BET Music Awards, featuring an all-star tribute full of the Hip-Hop pioneer’s long list of collaborators and Bad Boy artists. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 26 June 2022 More than the work of almost any other modern jazz pioneer, Monk’s music could be whimsical and graceful, elegant and elliptical, intricate and uncluttered, boisterous and suffused with a deeply resonant beauty. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 June 2022 Critics hailed it as a return to form for Cronenberg, who is considered a pioneer of body horror and auteur sci-fi. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 June 2022 He is considered a pioneer in urban development for investments in inner-city Los Angeles after the 1992 riots and has led urban revitalization projects both in urban and high-density suburban submarkets. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 10 May 2022 Gaprindashvili is considered a chess pioneer, becoming the first woman to be awarded the title of Grandmaster by the International Chess Federation in 1978, according to the World Chess Hall of Fame. NBC News, 29 Jan. 2022 He is considered a pioneer in the field of myrmecology, the study of ants, and applied his research to other organisms, including people. al, 28 Dec. 2021 She is considered a pioneer in creating neurodiverse original content for film and theater. Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The dinner had other serious moments, with tributes to pioneer journalists of color, aspiring student reporters as well as a dedication to the journalists detained, injured or killed during the coverage of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Farnoush Amiri And Will Weissert, Chron, 2 May 2022 The cabarets and jazz clubs in Midtown that helped pioneer America’s obsession with Black music weren’t far behind. New York Times, 1 June 2022 The company built off the success of African mobile telecoms pioneer Econet Global, wants to increase internet access in Africa by building an expansive network of data access points around the continent. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, 5 May 2022 Some of the boats are based in Kodiak or other Alaska ports, others in Oregon and Washington, where an earlier generation of crabbers help pioneer the harvests in the 1960s. Anchorage Daily News, 4 Apr. 2022 Issaoun, an observational astronomer at the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard & Smithsonian and a member of the black hole-imaging Event Horizon Telescope collaboration, helped pioneer new technology to discover what happens near a black hole. Curtis Silver, Forbes, 6 May 2022 The dinner had other serious moments, with tributes to pioneer journalists of color, aspiring student reporters as well as a dedication to the journalists detained, injured or killed during the coverage of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Farnoush Amiri And Will Weissert, Chron, 2 May 2022 In 2020, the group teamed up with Mercer University to bring back Capricorn Sound Studios, where artists can use original analog equipment while channeling Duane Allman, or pioneer something new, amid the shag carpeting and groovy, psychedelic art. Candice Dyer, ajc, 2 May 2022 The dinner had other serious moments, with tributes to pioneer journalists of color, aspiring student reporters as well as a dedication to the journalists detained, injured or killed during the coverage of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Will Weissert, Fortune, 1 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for pioneer

pioneer

noun
pi·​o·​neer | \ ˌpī-ə-ˈnir How to pronounce pioneer (audio) \

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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