- a person who is among those who first enter or settle a region, thus opening it for occupation and development by others.
- one who is first or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress: pioneers in cancer research.
- one of a group of foot soldiers detailed to make roads, dig intrenchments, etc., in advance of the main body.
- Ecology. an organism that successfully establishes itself in a barren area, thus starting an ecological cycle of life.
- (initial capital letter) Aerospace. one of a series of U.S. space probes that explored the solar system and transmitted scientific information to earth.
- (initial capital letter) (formerly) a member of a Communist organization in the Soviet Union for children ranging in age from 10 to 16.Compare Komsomol, Octobrist.
- to act as a pioneer.
- to be the first to open or prepare (a way, settlement, etc.).
- to take part in the beginnings of; initiate: to pioneer an aid program.
- to lead the way for (a group); guide.
- being the earliest, original, first of a particular kind, etc.: a pioneer method of adult education.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of pioneers: pioneer justice.
- being a pioneer: a pioneer fur trader.
Origin of pioneer
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Examples from the Web for pioneered
Ragtime, blues, country, jazz, soul, and rock and roll were all pioneered or inspired by black artists.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
They pioneered arena performances and electric light, enabling the first night performances.We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus
November 27, 2014
Noyce and his partner Gordon Moore also pioneered a new corporate culture at Intel.Walter Isaacson’s ‘The Innovators’: How a Gaggle of Geeks Invented the Future
October 7, 2014
When Musk decided he want to make electric cars, he was confronting the world that Ford had pioneered.From the Model T to the Model S
The Daily Beast
September 24, 2014
Blood transfusions on the battlefield, pioneered by Canadian doctor Norman Bethune in the Spanish Civil War, saved many lives.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’
September 22, 2014
He pioneered the ancestors of almost every family in this vicinage to this place.The Memories of Fifty Years
William H. Sparks
We were met by others who had pioneered the way before us and they looked after our group until we learned the ropes.In the Cards
Soon, all—gendarmes and light horse—Huguenots and Catholics—rushed along the road, pioneered by the two brothers.The Forty-Five Guardsmen
Learning from a trader of the game and rich pastures of Kentucky, he pioneered the way for the farmers to that region.The Frontier in American History
Frederick Jackson Turner
And now she was following along a track, pioneered by a clever and cunning leader.December Love
- a colonist, explorer, or settler of a new land, region, etc
- (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
- to be a pioneer (in or of)
- (tr) to initiate, prepare, or open upto pioneer a medical programme
- a total abstainer from alcoholic drink, esp a member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association, a society devoted to abstention
- 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)
Word Origin and History for pioneered
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.