cheerleader

noun
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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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 The Mariners decommissioned him as a player on May 3 and shifted him into a front-office advisory role that seems unprecedented in the modern game — uniformed consultant, mentor, baseball professor and cheerleader. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Ichiro Suzuki’s New Job Comes With Most of the Old Trappings," 5 July 2018 Implicit in his explanation was the unwritten philosophical hierarchy of Anahata: Engineers at the top, then users, and then, long after that, cheerleaders, janitors, creationists, and, finally, the Anahata sales team. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Google’s former PR boss Jessica Powell wrote a satirical novel about tech and published it all on Medium," 2 Oct. 2018 Damage-control expert, fortunately, is one of the many hats Lisa keeps in steady rotation, along with den mother, cheerleader, shrink, landlady, fund-raiser and, as the circumstances sometimes dictate, pimp. Justin Chang, The Seattle Times, "‘Support the Girls’: Regina Hall calls the shots in terrific sports-bar comedy," 27 Aug. 2018 Lunch was provided by McDonald’s, followed by a DJ and dancing with Miss Oceanside and her court, Oceanside High School cheerleaders, Key Club students from El Camino High School, teachers and Kiwanians. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North County School News, May 31," 31 May 2018 Miami Beach stalwart Marcelo Claure has worn many titles in the past decade: billionaire, soccer cheerleader, Kansas City resident, Sprint CEO. Rob Wile, miamiherald, "A Miami businessman is on the verge of creating a telecom giant | Miami Herald," 30 Apr. 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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cheerleader

noun

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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