- The definition of a pioneer is the first person to do something, like to explore a new territory or to enter a military action.
An example of a pioneer is are early Americans who settled the old west.
- Archaic a member of a military engineer unit trained to construct or demolish bridges, roads, trenches, etc.
- ☆ a person who goes before, preparing the way for others, as an early settler or a scientist doing exploratory work
- a plant, animal, etc. that starts a new cycle of life in a barren area
Origin of pioneerFrench pionnier ; from Old French peonier, foot soldier ; from peon: see peon
- being one of the first of its kind
- of or characteristic of the settlers of a new territory
- to prepare or open (a way, etc.)
- ☆ to be a pioneer in or of
- One who ventures into unknown or unclaimed territory to settle.
- One who opens up new areas of thought, research, or development: a pioneer in aviation.
- A soldier who performs construction and demolition work in the field to facilitate troop movements.
- A species that is typically among the first to become established in a bare, open, or disturbed area.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of early settlers: the pioneer spirit.
- Leading the way; trailblazing: a pioneer treatment for cancer.
verbpi·o·neered, pi·o·neer·ing, pi·o·neers
- a. To venture into (an area) or prepare (a way): rockets that pioneered outer space.b. To settle (a region).
- To initiate or participate in the development of: surgeons who pioneered organ transplants.
Origin of pioneerFrench pionnier, from Old French peonier, foot soldier, from peon, from Medieval Latin pedō, pedōn-, from Late Latin, one who has broad feet, from Latin pēs, ped-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
- One who goes before, as into the wilderness, preparing the way for others to follow.
- A person or other entity who is first or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress.
- Some people will consider their national heroes to be pioneers of civilization.
- Certain politicians can be considered as pioneers of reform.
- A member of any of several European organizations advocating abstinence from alcohol.
- (communism) A child of 10–16 years in the former Soviet Union, in the second of the three stages in becoming a member of the Communist Party.
(third-person singular simple present pioneers, present participle pioneering, simple past and past participle pioneered)