pioneer

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
  1. noun
    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)
    types:
    bushman
    a dweller in the Australian bush country
    backwoodsman, frontiersman, mountain man
    a man who lives on the frontier
    frontierswoman
    a woman who lives on the frontier
    type of:
    colonist, settler
    a person who settles in a new colony or moves into new country
  2. noun
    someone who helps to open up a new line of research or technology or art
    synonyms: groundbreaker, innovator, trailblazer
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    conceiver, mastermind, originator
    someone who creates new things
  3. verb
    open up and explore a new area
    pioneer space”
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    type of:
    explore
    travel to or penetrate into
  4. verb
    open up an area or prepare a way
    “She pioneered a graduate program for women students”
    synonyms: open up
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    innovate, introduce
    bring something new to an environment
  5. verb
    take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of
    “This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants”
    synonyms: initiate
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    strike up
    begin
    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)
    mount
    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
    fix
    set or place definitely
    dogfight
    arrange for an illegal dogfight
    tee up
    make detailed arrangements or preparations
    phase
    arrange in phases or stages
    mount, put on
    prepare and supply with the necessary equipment for execution or performance
    lay
    prepare or position for action or operation
    set up
    begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.
    sandwich
    make into a sandwich
    spatchcock
    prepare for eating if or as if a spatchcock
    debut
    present for the first time to the public
    embattle
    prepare for battle or conflict
    appoint, constitute, name, nominate
    create and charge with a task or function
    type of:
    cause, do, make
    give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally
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