cheer·​lead·​er | \ˈchir-ˌlē-dər \

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 \-​ˌlēd \ verb, transitive + intransitive
cheerleading \-​ˌlē-​diŋ \ noun

Examples of cheerleader in a Sentence

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

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Qualcomm opened its Snapdragon Technology Summit as a cheerleader, evangelizing the 5G wireless technology that’s rolling out worldwide from chipmakers, carriers, and smartphone makers. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 mobile chip as it readies for 5G," 4 Dec. 2018 She's become a cheerleader for the good that's come out of the water crisis – better education, better healthcare. CBS News, "The Flint water crisis: A loss of trust," 17 June 2018 Additionally, Ri Sol Ju was once a cheerleader and singer. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "North Korea and Kim Jong Un: Meet the known key players in the regime," 1 June 2018 Murphy recalled that his first TV show Popular, a satire of cheerleaders on the WB, was not met with the same joy as his later work. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Notes on Camp: Andrew Bolton and Ryan Murphy Talk Queerness, Culture, and Kindness," 11 Oct. 2018 Amazon has been one of the most significant cheerleaders of the fledgling HDR10+ standard, having previously announced that all its original content would feature support for the standard. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Amazon’s latest Fire Stick finally puts the volume buttons on the remote," 3 Oct. 2018 Photos appeared to show Ri alongside other North Korean cheerleaders, wearing a black and white hangbok and waving flags showing a unified Korean Peninsula. James Griffiths, CNN, "Where is Kim Jong Un's wife, Ri Sol Ju?," 26 Apr. 2018 Davis hopes other cheerleaders will eventually join her. The Washington Post,, "Fired over an Instagram post and a rumor, Saints cheerleader could force NFL to address double standard," 4 Apr. 2018 Davis hopes other cheerleaders will eventually join her. Adam Kilgore,, "Fired over an Instagram post and a rumor, Saints cheerleader could force NFL to address double standard," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of cheerleader

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cheerleader was in 1890

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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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