A pioneer is one of the first settlers in a new place. If you desperately want to experience life in space, maybe you will be one of the pioneers who live in the first moon settlement.

Pioneer comes from the old French for foot soldier or laborer, and particularly for groups of soldiers that would go out ahead of the rest of the troops to prepare the way. The European settlers who came to America in the 16th century are known as pioneers, as are the later groups who traveled West in the 18th and 19th centuries. We also use pioneer for anyone who takes initiative in a field, such as science or education.

Definitions of pioneer

n one the first colonists or settlers in a new territory

“they went west as pioneers with only the possessions they could carry with them”
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James Bowie
United States pioneer and hero of the Texas revolt against Mexico; he shared command of the garrison that resisted the Mexican attack on the Alamo where he died (1796-1836)
Johnny Appleseed
United States pioneer who planted apple trees as he traveled (1774-1845)
Daniel Boone
an American pioneer and guide and explorer (1734-1820)
Martha Jane Burke
United States frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903)
Christopher Carson
United States frontiersman who guided Fremont's expeditions in the 1840s and served as a Union general in the American Civil War (1809-1868)
David Crockett
United States frontiersman and Tennessee politician who died at the siege of the Alamo (1786-1836)
a dweller in the Australian bush country
backwoodsman, frontiersman, mountain man
a man who lives on the frontier
a woman who lives on the frontier
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colonist, settler
a person who settles in a new colony or moves into new country

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

groundbreaker, innovator, trailblazer
Type of:
conceiver, mastermind, originator
someone who creates new things

v open up and explore a new area

pioneer space”
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travel to or penetrate into

v open up an area or prepare a way

“She pioneered a graduate program for women students”
open up
Type of:
innovate, introduce
bring something new to an environment

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

“This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants”
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strike up
innovate, introduce
bring something new to an environment
activate, actuate, set off, spark, spark off, touch off, trigger, trigger off, trip
put in motion or move to act
constitute, establish, found, institute, plant
set up or lay the groundwork for
arrange, stage
plan, organize, and carry out (an event)
put up or launch
attempt, set about, undertake
enter upon an activity or enterprise
devise, get up, machinate, organise, organize, prepare
arrange by systematic planning and united effort
phase in
introduce gradually
open up
open up an area or prepare a way
set or place definitely
arrange for an illegal dogfight
tee up
make detailed arrangements or preparations
arrange in phases or stages
mount, put on
prepare and supply with the necessary equipment for execution or performance
prepare or position for action or operation
set up
begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.
make into a sandwich
prepare for eating if or as if a spatchcock
present for the first time to the public
prepare for battle or conflict
appoint, constitute, name, nominate
create and charge with a task or function
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cause, do, make
give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

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