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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Once both sides arrived Saturday in Mansfield, Riverside preserved its lead in a second half of football that Bors characterized as a junior varsity feel with no band or cheerleaders in Arlin Field's cavernous stadium. Matt Goul,, "Riverside meets Lima halfway in classy move: HS football quick hits," 16 Sep. 2019 Groomed to be a Southern belle, Ms. Siddons was a cheerleader and homecoming queen in high school and joined the Delta Delta Delta sorority at Auburn., "Anne Rivers Siddons, whose best-selling novels such as ‘‘Peachtree Road,’’ ‘‘Outer Banks’,’ and ‘‘Low Country’’ often portrayed the lives of women coming to terms with the social mores of the South, died Sept. 11 at her home in Charleston, S.C. She was 83.," 15 Sep. 2019 Groomed to be a Southern belle, Ms. Siddons was a cheerleader and homecoming queen in high school and joined the Delta Delta Delta sorority at Auburn. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Anne Rivers Siddons, best-selling novelist of the modern South, dies at 83," 14 Sep. 2019 The central open space, called the Garnet Way, is a grassy promenade lined with scarlet oaks and provides a route for the marching band, cheerleaders and football team to parade through the venue on the way to the stadium. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Alabama football fans: Things to do in Columbia if you’re catching the South Carolina game," 13 Sep. 2019 The 2019 Vikings program has about 300 players and cheerleaders and are members of the Florida Youth Football League. Emmett Hall,, "Lauderdale Lakes Vikings open season with optimism on and off the field," 5 Sep. 2019 The celebration opens the stadium doors to all fans for a fun evening featuring photo and autograph opportunities with Broncos players, cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "An Italian fest in Lakewood, dogs take over Water World and more cheap things to do in Denver this month," 4 Sep. 2019 This was outdoors and minus the loud music, cheerleaders and pyrotechnics. Stephen Ruiz,, "Former Preds coach Rob Keefe back at Faith Christian after winning AFL title," 29 Aug. 2019 As the teams were practicing on Aug. 22, in preparation for the weekend’s first scrimmages of the season, GYFA President Eric Cahow said the program has 210 players and cheerleaders from 175 families, and more than 50 volunteers. Steve Smith,, "Glastonbury Youth Football Teams Gear For Season," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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