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definition of the word pioneer

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From Middle French pionier (originally, a foot soldier), Old French peonier, from peon (a foot soldier) (modern French: pion). See pawn in chess.

Singular
pioneer

Plural
pioneers

pioneer (plural pioneers)

  1. One who goes before, as into the wilderness, preparing the way for others to follow
    pioneers of civilization; pioneers of reform
  2. (obsolete, military) A soldier detailed or employed to form roads, dig trenches, and make bridges, as an army advances.
  3. A member of any of several European organizations advocating abstinence from alcohol.
  4. (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.


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