- 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 pioneering
I think they could learn something from their pioneering forebear.David Garth, the Consultant Who Talked Up to Voters
December 15, 2014
Violence against women continues to plague Turkey, and a pioneering new female political party blames Erdogan's machismo.Turkey’s Rampant Domestic Violence Problem
July 18, 2014
The pioneering geographer Bernard Nietschmann once contended “more indigenous territory has been claimed by maps than by guns.”Should Google Be Mapping Tribal Lands?
June 4, 2014
A pioneering photographer in the 1950s, Bunny Yeager discovered the iconic Bettie Page and helped establish pin-ups.The Queen of the Playboy Centerfolds
May 31, 2014
Veteran illustrator Howard Brodie was on the case, pioneering the rising art form.O.J., Martha, Jagger, and Manson: Capturing Celebrities in the Dock
May 29, 2014
But none of them ranked as a pioneering achievement in the world at large.All Afloat
But this will be a pioneering expedition to open the way, at least, for the painter.The Heart of Nature
And pioneering brings out his most characteristic qualities.Appearances
Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
His pioneering is watched with interest abroad as well as here.Contemporary American Composers
In your own community how many years past are the days of pioneering?Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year
- 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 pioneering
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.