Pioneer vs Trailblazer - What's the difference?

pioneer | trailblazer |


As nouns the difference between pioneer and trailblazer

is that pioneer is one who goes before, as into the wilderness, preparing the way for others to follow while trailblazer is one that blazes a trail to guide others; a pathfinder.

As a verb pioneer

is to go before and prepare or open a way for; to act as pioneer.

pioneer

English

(Webster 1913)

Noun

(en noun)
  • 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.
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    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.
  • Derived terms

    * pioneer axon * Pioneer Day

    See also

    * (Pioneer movement)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To go before and prepare or open a way for; to act as pioneer.
  • Synonyms

    * push the envelope * break new ground

    trailblazer

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • One that blazes a trail to guide others; a pathfinder.
  • (figuratively) An innovative leader in a field; a pioneer.
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