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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North Korea sent hundreds of athletes, cheerleaders and singers to the Games in February. Author: Mark Landler, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump accepts Kim Jong Un’s invitation to meet over North Korea’s nuclear program," 9 Mar. 2018 But when the hottest guy in school mistakenly texts her, thinking her number belongs to a popular cheerleader named Veronica, Sierra hesitates to correct him. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Entire Cast of "Sierra Burgess Is a Loser" and the Characters They Play: Shannon Purser, Noah Centineo, RJ Cyler, and More," 6 Sep. 2018 Both lawsuits accuse the Texans of failing to pay minimum wage and overtime to cheerleaders and subjecting them to unsafe working conditions. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-Texans cheerleaders drop lawsuit, opt for arbitration," 11 July 2018 Injuries have reduced them to cheerleaders, but hasn't taken away their status as veteran leaders. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Why Beltre, Andrus were credited for coming up big Wednesday, too | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 May 2018 McMahon says the league won't resort to cheerleaders or other antics to entertain its audience. Bud Shaw,, "What did the NFC and AFC Championship games tell us about the Browns? Bud vs. Doug," 25 Jan. 2018 From cheerleaders wobbling in human pyramids to pageant... Kelly Crow, WSJ, "‘I Don’t Want to Be a Blip’: An Artist on the Rise Adjusts to the Spotlight," 30 Jan. 2019 There are Houston Texan cheerleaders who are suing the NFL for unpayment, like for fair wages, and for mistreatment. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Full Frontal’ host Samantha Bee on Recode Decode," 1 Oct. 2018 For our interview, her hair was bright blonde, but she was clad in a neon pink cheerleader-meets-basketball-player-inspired dress. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Group Momoland Shares the Weirdest Parts of Their Beauty Routines," 24 Aug. 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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