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

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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 Portland pioneer and developer Captain John Couch never lived on what was later named Northwest Couch Street. oregonlive, 19 May 2021 The chief was returning home from a visit with Lorrin Farr, another Mormon pioneer and the first mayor of Ogden. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2021 And Tim Bray, an internet pioneer and a former vice president at Amazon’s cloud computing group, resigned in protest. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Apr. 2021 Homer was a pioneer in Garland and a legend in the state of Texas. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 18 Mar. 2021 The person responsible for doling out that money will be solar industry pioneer and energy podcaster Jigar Shah, newly appointed by Granholm to run the Energy Department’s Loan Programs Office. Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2021 Netflix, the pioneer in subscription streaming, finished 2020 with almost 204 million subscribers globally. Christopher Palmeri, Fortune, 9 Mar. 2021 The Justice Department accused Microsoft of using restrictive contracts with PC makers and others to inhibit the distribution of the software of Netscape Communications, the commercial pioneer in the browser market. Steve Lohr, Star Tribune, 22 Oct. 2020 The Justice Department accused Microsoft of using restrictive contracts with PC makers and others to inhibit the distribution of the software of Netscape Communications, the commercial pioneer in the browser market. Steve Lohr, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For us, what's interesting is: it’s this symbiosis between the two experiences that will pioneer new forms of creativity. Jesse Damiani, Forbes, 17 May 2021 For Ed Boyden, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who helped pioneer the field of optogenetics, the quest to use these proteins to cure blindness took him by surprise. BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2021 Jered Kenna, owner of a cooperative living building in San Francisco, where people have individual rooms and share common kitchens and bathrooms like a college dorm, is among those trying to pioneer NFTs in real estate. Erik Sherman, Fortune, 20 May 2021 From a consumer point of view, the mobile and telecommunications industry has enormous power to make change, and pioneer a new era of inclusion as technology becomes more integrated with our lives than ever before. Caroline Casey, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Culturally, Colorado was a natural state to pioneer weed legalization in 2012, and the state now claims one of the nation’s biggest markets, selling more than $2 billion worth of weed in 2020 alone. Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, 20 Apr. 2021 These brands not only continue to pioneer with innovative technologies such as AR but have been able to transform these campaigns into highly engaging community engagement points. Kyle Wong, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Though Black travelers and industry figures are stepping up to advocate for themselves and pioneer much of the progress that has been made, ultimately the rest of the travel industry must also get involved to enact long-lasting change. Jessica Poitevien, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Feb. 2021 Coleman combined hands-on experience with wide reading to pioneer the use of greenhouses for four-season harvests—hence the farm's name—and to apply organic methods at a commercial scale. Kevin West, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of pioneer was in 1523

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13 Jun 2021

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“Pioneer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pioneer. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for pioneer

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 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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