cheer·​lead·​er | \ ˈchir-ˌlē-dər How to pronounce cheerleader (audio) \

Definition of cheerleader

: one that calls for and directs organized cheering (as at a football game)

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Other Words from cheerleader

cheerlead \ ˈchir-​ˌlēd How to pronounce cheerlead (audio) \ verb, transitive + intransitive
cheerleading \ ˈchir-​ˌlē-​diŋ How to pronounce cheerleading (audio) \ noun

Examples of cheerleader in a Sentence

a politician who is a cheerleader for the government's new economic plan

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Sonia is senior class president, swam for two years and was a cheerleader for four years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "With extra help from teachers, two East County teens make it to Stanford," 7 June 2019 Growing up in Montgomery County as the daughter of two Merck employees, Emma had been a high school cheerleader. Aubrey Whelan,, "Two friends shared heroin in a KFC bathroom. One died, one went to prison. Their families are picking up the pieces.," 6 June 2019 Today: Jordan and Chelsea continue to be each other's biggest cheerleaders. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "A Complete Timeline of Jordan Peele and Wife Chelsea Peretti's Low-Key Relationship," 8 Apr. 2019 Over the years, Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods have been each other’s very best cheerleaders. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner’s Bra Is from Jordyn Woods’ Secndnture Line," 14 Dec. 2018 When Donald Trump emerged on the political scene, Charles was no cheerleader. Irwin Stelzer, WSJ, "Charles Krauthammer, a Great Thinker and an Even Better Friend," 21 June 2018 Drew Davison At the Wednesday news conference, there were cheerleaders and even personalized football jerseys for the boxers. David Humphrey, star-telegram, "Cowboys and boxing? New venue adds twist to upcoming welterweight title fight | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 2 May 2018 Once they're done with their art project, encourage your kids to be cheerleaders. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "While watching the Super Bowl, here are 7 fun games or activities for you and your friends," 30 Jan. 2018 There has been new attention on topics like wage equality and pregnancy discrimination, as well as a spirited national discussion about the treatment of N.F.L. cheerleaders. Jessica Bennett, New York Times, "After #MeToo, the Ripple Effect," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of cheerleader

1890, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cheerleader

: a person who is a member of a group (typically a group of young women) who shout out special songs or chants to encourage the team and entertain the crowd during a game in sports like American football and basketball
: a person who encourages other people to do or support something

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