See also: Pioneer
pioneer (plural pioneers)
- One who goes before, as into the wilderness, preparing the way for others to follow.
- A person or other entity who is first or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress.
- 2013 May 10, Audrey Garric, “Urban canopies let nature bloom”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 22, page 30:
- As towns continue to grow, replanting vegetation has become a form of urban utopia and green roofs are spreading fast. Last year 1m square metres of plant-covered roofing was built in France, as much as in the US, and 10 times more than in Germany, the pioneer in this field.
- Some people will consider their national heroes to be pioneers of civilization.
- Certain politicians can be considered as pioneers of reform.
- (obsolete, military) A soldier detailed or employed to form roads, dig trenches, and make bridges, as an army advances; a sapper.
- A member of any of several European organizations advocating abstinence from alcohol.
- (communism) A child of 10–16 years in the former Soviet Union, in the second of the three stages in becoming a member of the Communist Party.
one who goes before
member of a child organization in the Soviet bloc
- (transitive) To be the first to do or achieve (something), preparing the way for others to follow.
- The young doctor pioneered a new life-saving surgical technique.
to be the first