verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of pioneer
Examples from the Web for pioneers
We worked in the cultural arena instead, with pioneers like Ellen and Will & Grace.
In many ways, Kansas City is a leaving town, a place for pioneers and rovers with an eye on the distant horizon.
As pioneers of experiential art, the duo wanted to blur the lines between reality and cartoonish fantasy.
When the pioneers reached Toledo it was called “Frogtown” because the place was a swamp.
In a TED talk she delivered this year, Patton said that the general was the grandson of early California pioneers.
While the pioneers at the Old Port were on the verge of starvation, the 'Clonmel' men were living in luxury.The Book of the Bush|George Dunderdale
There were six thousand pioneers with hatchets, pickaxes, and crowbars for levelling roads.Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada|Washington Irving
He was an ardent botanist, a collector of insects and molluscs, and one of the pioneers in the anatomy of birds.Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work|P. Chalmers Mitchell
Perhaps in the development of the truth the cross-redeemers come first; they are the pioneers.Crowds|Gerald Stanley Lee
Whom was Jasper to believe—the confident Indian or the pioneers?In The Boyhood of Lincoln|Hezekiah Butterworth
- 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.