- 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: Fr 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
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- 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.
- Ecology An animal or plant species that establishes itself in a previously barren environment.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of early settlers: the pioneer spirit.
- Leading the way; trailblazing: a pioneer treatment for cancer.
- a. To open up (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: French 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.