1. of or relating to such a ceremony.
  2. originating or pioneering a new endeavor, field of inquiry, or the like: Pasteur's groundbreaking work in bacteriology.

Origin of groundbreaking

First recorded in 1905–10; ground1 + break + -ing1, -ing2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for ground-breaking


  1. innovativea ground-breaking novel
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Word Origin and History for ground-breaking



1907 as a figurative adjective, from expression to break ground, either for planting or for building; see ground (n.) + break (v.).

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