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.


  1. Pioneer

    Pioneer is a song performed by Hungarian singer Freddie. The song represented Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, and reached the 19th position in the final. The song was written by Borbála Csarnai, while production was handled by Zé Szabó. The song was released as a digital download on 30 December 2015 through Misztral Music.


  1. pioneer

    A pioneer is a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area or the first to engage, develop, or explore new areas, ideas, or methods. Pioneers are characterized by their curiosity, risk-taking, and innovative thinking.

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. Onyi Anyado:

    An entrepreneur is a leader of excellence, trailblazer and pioneer who constantly brings change to their generation.

  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. Maren Morris:

    I just want them all to know how much we love them back and just check out their music after this. It's Linda Martell, Yola, Mickey Guyton, Rissi Palmer, Brittney Spencer, Rhiannon Giddens, there are so many amazing Black women that pioneered and continue to pioneer this genre, and I know they're going to come after me, and they've come before me, but you've made this genre so, so beautiful. I hope you know that we see you. Thank you for making me so inspired as a singer in this genre.

  4. Henrietta Lacks:

    We are moved to receive this historic recognition of my mother, Henrietta Lacks -- honouring who she was as a remarkable woman and the lasting impact of her HeLa cells. My mother's contributions, once hidden, are now being rightfully honored for their global impact, my mother was a pioneer in life, giving back to her community, helping others live a better life and caring for others.

  5. Jerry Cuomo:

    Clients tell us that one of the inhibitors of the adoption of blockchain is concerns about security, while there is a sense of urgency to pioneer blockchain for business, most organizations need help to define the ideal cloud environment that enables blockchain networks to run securely in the cloud.

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