What does Pioneer mean?

Definitions for Pioneer
ˌpaɪ əˈnɪərPi·o·neer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pioneer, innovator, trailblazer, groundbreakernoun

    someone who helps to open up a new line of research or technology or art

  2. pioneerverb

    one the first colonists or settlers in a new territory

    "they went west as pioneers with only the possessions they could carry with them"

  3. pioneer, open upverb

    open up an area or prepare a way

    "She pioneered a graduate program for women students"

  4. initiate, pioneerverb

    take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

    "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"

  5. pioneerverb

    open up and explore a new area

    "pioneer space"


  1. Pioneerverb

    to take part in the early development of; to break ground in; to invent or originate.


  1. pioneernoun

    One who goes before, as into the wilderness, preparing the way for others to follow

  2. pioneernoun

    A person who is first or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress

  3. pioneernoun

    A soldier detailed or employed to form roads, dig trenches, and make bridges, as an army advances; a sapper.

  4. pioneernoun

    A member of any of several European organizations advocating abstinence from alcohol.

  5. pioneernoun

    A child of 1016 years in the former Soviet Union, in the second of the three stages in becoming a member of the Communist Party.

  6. pioneerverb

    To go before and prepare or open a way for; to act as pioneer.

  7. Etymology: From pionier, peonier, from peon (modern French: pion). See pawn in chess.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pioneernoun

    One whose business is to level the road, throw up works, or sink mines in military operations.

    Etymology: pionier, from pion, obsolete Fr. pion, according to Joseph Justus Scaliger, comes from peo for pedito, a foot soldier, who was formerly employed in digging for the army. A pioneer is in Dutch, spagenier, from spage, a spade; whence Franciscus Junius imagines that the French borrowed pagenier, which was afterwards called pioneer.

    Well said, old mole, can’st work i’ th’ ground so fast?
    A worthy pioneer? William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Three try new experiments, such as themselves think good; these we call pioneers or miners. Francis Bacon.

    His pioneers
    Even the paths, and make the highways plain. Edward Fairfax.

    Of labouring pioneers
    A multitude with spades and axes arm’d,
    To lay hills plain, fell woods or vallies fill. John Milton.

    The Romans, after the death of Tiberius, sent thither an army of pioneers to demolish the buildings, and deface the beauties of the island. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pioneernoun

    a soldier detailed or employed to form roads, dig trenches, and make bridges, as an army advances

  2. Pioneernoun

    one who goes before, as into the wilderness, preparing the way for others to follow; as, pioneers of civilization; pioneers of reform

  3. Pioneer

    to go before, and prepare or open a way for; to act as pioneer

  4. Etymology: [F. pionier, orig., a foot soldier, OF. peonier, fr. OF. peon a foot soldier, F. pion. See Pawn in chess.]


  1. Pioneer

    Pioneer is a village in Williams County, Ohio, United States. The population was 1,369 at the 2010 census.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pioneer

    pī-ō-nēr′, n. one of a party of soldiers who clear the road before an army, sink mines, &c.: one who goes before to prepare the way for others.—v.t. to act as pioneer to.—ns. Pī′oner (Shak.), a pioneer; Pī′oning (Spens.), the work of pioneers: military works. [O. Fr. peonier (Fr. pionnier)—pion, a foot-soldier—Low L. pedo, pedonis, a foot-soldier—L. pes, pedis, a foot.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pioneer in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pioneer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Pioneer in a Sentence

  1. Mark Zaid:

    They [ restaurants or hotels ] had to have the courage to step up to the plate. Not everyone is willing to do that. A lot of hotels would show interest, and then the CEOs would step away for fear of their shareholders. Cork was brave enough to be the pioneer, and we’re hopeful that others come forward -- not that we need them necessarily.

  2. Charlie Sifford:

    Charlie Sifford also received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland for Charlie Sifford career as a pioneer. Charlie Sifford often attended the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, not far from Charlie Sifford home in Ohio. During an interview with the AP in 2000, Charlie Sifford said Charlie Sifford was proud of the role in played in making the PGA Tour accessible to blacks.'' If I hadn't acted like a professional when they sent me out, if I did something crazy, there would never be any blacks playing.

  3. Atlantic League:

    After that, were relatively confident thats its going to spread through organized baseball, were very excited about what this portends not only for our league but for the future of baseball. What we know is technology can help umpires be more accurate and were committed to that. We think the Atlantic League is being a pioneer for all of the sport.

  4. Tim Pawlenty:

    Pawlenty eyes run for Franken’s Senate seat -Twin Cities Pioneer Press:.

  5. Shell Netherlands:

    In order to realize this project, we will need several new partners, together we will have to pioneer and innovate to bring together all the available knowledge and skills.

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    the transportation of people (as a family or colony) to a new settlement (as after an upheaval of some kind)
    • A. trigger
    • B. substitute
    • C. plantation
    • D. relocation

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