Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

ringleader

play
noun ring·lead·er \ˈriŋ-ˌlē-dər\

Simple Definition of ringleader

  • : the leader of a group that causes trouble or is involved in an illegal activity

Full Definition of ringleader

  1. :  a leader of a ring of individuals engaged especially in improper or unlawful activities

Examples of ringleader

  1. the ringleader of a gang of criminals



1503

First Known Use of ringleader

1503


RINGLEADER Defined for Kids

ringleader

play
noun ring·lead·er \ˈriŋ-ˌlē-dər\

Definition of ringleader

  1. :  a leader especially of a group of people who cause trouble




Learn More about ringleader


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ringleader? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 9, 2016

marked by high spirits and laughter

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift duvet pince-nez kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ