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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There has been new attention on topics like wage equality and pregnancy discrimination, as well as a spirited national discussion about the treatment of N.F.L. cheerleaders. Jessica Bennett, New York Times, "After #MeToo, the Ripple Effect," 28 June 2018 Ballet dancers and cheerleaders come in with a lot of overuse injuries. Craig Davis,, "Teen Tommy John surgeries, youth sports injuries reach epidemic proportions," 28 June 2018 Now, Conaway, 76, is one of the city’s biggest cheerleaders and the chairwoman of its powerful Land Use Board. Jan Hefler,, "Burlington City's waterfront to sparkle decades after land was cleared of rowhouses, factories," 21 June 2018 And between the students and the action are photographers, band members and cheerleaders. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Some of Final Four's cheapest seats are closest to floor ... but there's a catch | The Kansas City Star," 30 Mar. 2018 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

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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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