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)

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 The cheerleader, Kesha, smiled and spelled it, slowly so my little girl could copy it into her notebook. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 18 Apr. 2022 Though the dad of freshman cheerleader, Vaughn Cottam, was crowned the king of the Jump Off, all the dads felt like winners on the day. Akira Olivia Kumamoto, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 Justine was an honors student and high school cheerleader, who studied Communications while at Penn State. Emmett Jones, Fox News, 19 Nov. 2021 Moreover, Christof Koch, a leading neuroscientist, has become a kind of cheerleader for brain implants. John Horgan, Scientific American, 27 Oct. 2021 The Glee star best known for her portrayal of pregnant Christian cheerleader Quinn Fabray is back in a new film by The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 8 Apr. 2022 The destruction has only accelerated since right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro, a cheerleader for corporate farms, took office. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 Unlike Tiger, my dreams were small: learn to walk again, make the track team, become a cheerleader. Roxanne Jones, CNN, 8 Apr. 2022 Agron portrayed cheerleader Quinn Fabray, who had a competitive and — at times, intimate — friendship with fellow squad member Santana Lopez, played by Rivera. Jessica Wang,, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cheerleader

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Cheerleader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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