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

Examples of cheerleader in a Sentence

a politician who is a cheerleader for the government's new economic plan
Recent Examples on the Web Miley Cyrus headlined the pre-game event and donned a black and hot pink cheerleader outfit during several songs. Mark Long, Chron, "Super Bowl in Tampa creates 'craziness' outside, inside," 8 Feb. 2021 Even Mike Pence, Trump's vice president and long considered his most devoted cheerleader, skipped Trump's departure ceremony to attend Biden's inauguration. Steve Peoples, Star Tribune, "'Just move on': Republicans grapple with post-Trump future," 21 Jan. 2021 In another, the megalomaniac cheerleader Mary Cherry (Leslie Grossman) dyes her hair brown as part of a social experiment and suddenly starts talking like Barbra Streisand. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "With a big Netflix deal and the power to green-light almost anything, Ryan Murphy has become the ultimate insider. And his work is suffering.," 4 Jan. 2021 That same year, another cheerleader, Maria Pinzone of the Buffalo Jills, filed a lawsuit against the Buffalo Bills, alleging similarly poor working conditions. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "NFL Cheerleaders Fight for Better Pay and Workplace Dignity in A Woman's Work," 4 Jan. 2021 The movie centers on a lesbian high school cheerleader (played by Natasha Lyonne), whose parents send her to a conversion therapy camp to cure her homosexuality. NBC News, "Director of queer classic 'But I'm a Cheerleader' wanted to 'make a gay "Clueless"'," 4 Dec. 2020 My dad is the cabin's most enthusiastic cheerleader. Star Tribune, "The cabin life in McGregor is a credit to 'tenacious' mom," 14 Jan. 2021 Knocked a few spots for featuring the cheerleader chorus on Lover that finally broke me. Nate Jones, Vulture, "All 179 Taylor Swift Songs, Ranked," 11 Jan. 2021 The eldest of four children, she was born and raised in Woodstock, was a cheerleader in high school and college and did not start writing fiction until well into her legal career. Rick Kogan,, "Who and what we lost in 2020: From notable artists to Chicago experiences, they’re gone or changed but not forgotten," 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of cheerleader

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cheerleader was in 1896

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26 Feb 2021

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“Cheerleader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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