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 Uber, the American pioneer of ride-hailing, is taking the threat from Kapten and other rivals extremely seriously. The Economist, "Uber uncool London hits Uber hard and hails a fleet of new, cheaper apps," 27 Nov. 2019 The cup and saucer were created in the 1930s by Belle Kogan, a pioneer of industrial design. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "Smithsonian Elevates the Frequently Ignored Histories of Women," 15 Nov. 2019 The beer was a change in direction for the brewery, which became a pioneer of infusing beers with cannabidiol, a nonpsychoactive element in marijuana, among other plants. Andre Meunier, oregonlive, "Coalition Brewing of SE Portland bought, closed by startup Gorges Beer, report says," 1 Nov. 2019 One of the oldest wineries in the state and a pioneer of the local wine movement is bidding adieu. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Pioneering MN winery Northern Vineyards to close," 28 Oct. 2019 In this scene and in later episodes, Mixed-ish falls into the trap of framing its protagonists as pioneers of mixed-race consciousness, rather than inheritors of a long and complex history. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Simplistic View of a Mixed-ish America," 26 Oct. 2019 The restaurant quickly became a pioneer of both California cuisine and Moroccan food in America. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Aziza is back. Mourad Lahlou plans to reopen his ground-breaking Moroccan restaurant," 2 Oct. 2019 At 70, Nava is a much-celebrated pioneer of Latino filmmaking and independent cinema. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego filmmaker Gregory Nava on the return of 1984’s ‘El Norte’ — and why its message still matters today," 12 Sep. 2019 The Londoner was a true pioneer of total football and a key factor in a rise of the great Johan Cruyff. Ben Carter, SI.com, "The 50 Greatest Football Managers of All Time," 20 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The papers also show how Beijing is pioneering a new form of social control using data and artificial intelligence. Time, "U.S. Criticizes China for Abuses Revealed by Leaked Cables," 28 Nov. 2019 The papers also show how Beijing is pioneering a new form of social control using data and artificial intelligence. Washington Post, "US criticizes China for abuses revealed by leaked cables," 27 Nov. 2019 The papers also show how Beijing is pioneering a new form of social control using data and artificial intelligence. Matthew Lee, The Denver Post, "U.S. criticizes China for abuses revealed by leaked cables," 26 Nov. 2019 Grannan photographed Arnold at Caltech, where the chemical engineer is pioneering the use of directed evolution to make enzymes. Andrea Michelson, Smithsonian, "Here’s What NPG Gala Honorees Have to Say About Their Portraits," 23 Nov. 2019 Tesla was a scientist and visionary who developed the basis for AC electric power that most of the planet uses today and pioneered numerous technologies that improve our everyday lives. Lauren Kent, CNN, "The Nikola Tesla inventions that should have made the inventor famous, such as the 'teleautomaton,' 'shadowgraphs' and possibly a death ray," 25 Oct. 2019 The modern Republican Party has pioneered a completely novel theory: Governments should balance their budgets when run by Democrats, and run extremely large deficits when run by Republicans. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "New Budget Estimate Shows Trump Tax Cuts Created a Fiscal Disaster," 9 Apr. 2018 Part of the strategy is to introduce a Tiffany version of high-to-low products—a product range that Krakoff also pioneered at Coach. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "The Secret Inside Tiffany’s Blue Box: Reed Krakoff," 26 Mar. 2018 Despite the efforts of Gu and others, systems science in China today remains rooted in the hard systems engineering approaches that rocket scientists pioneered decades ago. Mara Hvistendahl, Science | AAAS, "A revered rocket scientist set in motion China’s mass surveillance of its citizens," 14 Mar. 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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The first known use of pioneer was in 1523

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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pioneer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pioneering. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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More Definitions for pioneer

pioneer

noun
How to pronounce pioneer (audio)

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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