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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. Jeff Maggioncalda:

    I realized I’m a learner, adopting a growth mindset, being open-minded, being curious, being open-hearted to new people and new ideas and learning is important right now. The world is going to look fundamentally different - and that will help you become a pioneer in the new normal.

  2. Van Beurden:

    The contract that we have with Fos, the maritime contractor that we have there, the lease that they have in terminal 5 we think they are legally valid and indeed have tested it and are ready to move ahead with putting the Polar Pioneer (rig) there, loading it out so it is ready for its journey to Alaska, we have not seen, apart from the protests, any legal obstacles for us to do that.

  3. Al Curley:

    This is an important matter, it is a time where Princeton University has the opportunity to be a pioneer and make history and they need to consider this closely.

  4. Utah County:

    In true pioneer spirit, Utah County is honored to be the first place where a Blockchain vote was casted in a presidential general election.

  5. Satyendar Jain:

    Satyendar Jain said, per The Economic Times. Delhi in a way is a pioneer in it and plasma therapy benefits have been seen. You should go and ask family members of those patients who were administered the plasma therapy.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    • A. affront
    • B. efface
    • C. famish
    • D. embellish

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