verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of pioneer
Synonyms for pioneer
Related Words for pioneerspilgrim, founder, settler, colonist, immigrant, scout, explorer, guide, developer, squatter, leader, innovator, pathfinder, homesteader, trailblazer, colonizer, begin, develop, prepare, start
Examples from the Web for pioneers
Contemporary Examples of pioneers
We worked in the cultural arena instead, with pioneers like Ellen and Will & Grace.Dear Evangelicals: You’re Being Had
November 30, 2014
In many ways, Kansas City is a leaving town, a place for pioneers and rovers with an eye on the distant horizon.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
As pioneers of experiential art, the duo wanted to blur the lines between reality and cartoonish fantasy.New York City’s New Mystery Art Piece
September 22, 2014
When the pioneers reached Toledo it was called “Frogtown” because the place was a swamp.Toledo: The Town Too Tough for Toxic Water
P. J. O’Rourke
August 4, 2014
In a TED talk she delivered this year, Patton said that the general was the grandson of early California pioneers.The Price of Being a Patton: Wrestling With the Legacy of America’s Most Famous General
May 26, 2014
Historical Examples of pioneers
When the pioneers have accomplished their task, the rest can follow.
The pioneers were well aware of this before they left the Old World.
Every talent only pioneers the way for the richer talents which are born from it.
We are the pioneers, the vanguard, the riskers full of faith and hope.Fruitfulness
The American pioneers had only a sickle or a scythe with which to cut their grain.The Age of Invention
- 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.