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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Future shock: One of the worst places to watch a major-league game is the Diamondbacks’ Chase Field, a nonstop assault of one’s senses with loud music, a disc jockey and cheerleaders dancing on top of the dugouts. Paul Sullivan,, "Giants' Madison Bumgarner likes strategy having no DH creates in National League," 30 June 2018 And with Brooks, women wrestlers will always have at least one Rebel of a cheerleader in their corner. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Women’s wrestling now spotlights athleticism and skills over looks," 3 July 2018 This school that banned cheerleaders from wearing their uniforms. Laura Beck, Cosmopolitan, "The 11 Most Infuriatingly Sexist Dress Codes That Exist," 4 Sep. 2016 The opening weekend practices will feature inflatables, cheerleaders, alumni autographs, face painting and food trucks. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins open 14 practices to fans, including scrimmage at Hard Rock Stadium," 27 June 2018 Those cute cheerleaders for North Korea that people loved at the Olympics? Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why North Korea Is Hell For Women," 15 June 2018 Illinois Cheer Enterprises, a company that provides gym facilities for cheerleaders, plans to open a 33,000-square-foot location in Naperville but wants a parking variance from the city. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Illinois Cheer request for reduced parking at new gym facility supported by Naperville commission," 7 June 2018 Cost for new cheerleaders is $215 for warm-ups, sneakers, bows and more. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 21 May 2018 USA TODAY Sports How far can NFL teams go in their mandatory requirements for cheerleaders? Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Redskins cheerleaders say 2013 trip required topless photo shoot in front of sponsors," 2 May 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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