verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of pioneer
Examples from the Web for pioneer
Peter Christopherson made the leap to life on the bandstand and became a pioneer in the industrial music genre.
His great-grandfather, David Yellin, was a prominent Zionist scholar and Israeli pioneer.
The first pioneer to reach the riparian tributary where Kansas City now shimmers was, in fact, on the lam himself.
So how did a popular magazine that was considered a pioneer of the genre end up getting left in the dust?It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine|Alex Suskind|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The video became a hit, and it led Boenish to pioneer a new type of diving—BASE.
On the 19th the pioneer boat, running some distance ahead of the others, was again upset by a wave.The Romance of the Colorado River|Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
Aunt Lucy has the air of her pioneer great-grandmother who has heard an Indian calling!The Long Roll|Mary Johnston
In all the trials incident to the pilgrimage and pioneer life, have you never sworn nor used bad language?Wilford Woodruff|Matthias F. Cowley
And in this connection he spoke gratefully of the pioneer work which Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. Jesse Collings had performed.Lord Randolph Churchill|Winston Spencer Churchill
Miss Gwin embodied the original and pioneer one of the forces speedily set marching to the relief of the Finkelsteins.Local Color|Irvin S. Cobb
- a colonist, explorer, or settler of a new land, region, etc
- (as modifier)a pioneer wagon
Word Origin for pioneer
1520s, "foot soldier who prepares the way for the army," from Middle French pionnier "foot-soldier, pioneer," from Old French paonier "foot-soldier" (11c.), from peon (see pawn (n.2)). Figurative sense of "person who goes first or does something first" is from c.1600. Related: Pioneers.
1780, from pioneer (n.). Related: Pioneered; pioneering.