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Origin of pioneer

First recorded in 1515–25; from Middle French pionier, Old French peonier “foot soldier”; see origin at peon1, -eer

OTHER WORDS FROM pioneer

un·pi·o·neer·ing, adjective

Words nearby pioneer

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How to use pioneer in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pioneer (1 of 3)

pioneer
/ (ˌpaɪəˈnɪə) /

noun
  1. a colonist, explorer, or settler of a new land, region, etc
  2. (as modifier)a pioneer wagon
an innovator or developer of something new
military a member of an infantry group that digs entrenchments, makes roads, etc
ecology the first species of plant or animal to colonize an area of bare ground
verb
to be a pioneer (in or of)
(tr) to initiate, prepare, or open upto pioneer a medical programme

Word Origin for pioneer

C16: from Old French paonier infantryman, from paon pawn ²; see also peon 1

British Dictionary definitions for pioneer (2 of 3)

Pioneer1
/ (ˌpaɪəˈnɪə) /

noun
a total abstainer from alcoholic drink, esp a member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, a society devoted to abstention

British Dictionary definitions for pioneer (3 of 3)

Pioneer2
/ (ˌpaɪəˈnɪə) /

noun
any of a series of US spacecraft that studied the solar system, esp Pioneer 10, which made the first flyby of Jupiter (1973), and Pioneer 11, which made the first flyby of Saturn (1979)
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