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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To the project’s many cheerleaders, everything is up in the air now. Jon Chesto,, "Feds’ delay puts crucial tax credit in jeopardy for Vineyard Wind," 14 Aug. 2019 Guests will be treated to performances by the high school marching band, cheerleaders, choir groups and the Avon Electric Orchestra., "North Ridgeville StoryWalk coming to South Central Park: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 9 Aug. 2019 Biles wrote a memoir, finished fourth on the 24th season of Dancing with the Stars, performed with the Houston Texans cheerleaders, adopted a French bulldog puppy and traveled to picture-perfect beaches around the world. Tess Demeyer, USA TODAY, "Where are they now: Gymnast Simone Biles looks strong in comeback from 2016 US Olympic team," 24 July 2019 In many respects, Lee served as the comics industry's goodwill ambassador and indefatigable cheerleader during the medium's formative modern era in the 1960s and thereafter, before Marvel became a dominant force at the box office. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Comic-Con swings into 50th year with tributes to Stan Lee," 17 July 2019 Once a week, the coaches took time from their busy day to make a meaningful connection by being the student’s cheerleader, mentor, tutor, and motivator. Kathy Kuhn/share,, "One to One volunteers make difference at Florence Elementary," 16 July 2019 Kipling was, for much of his life, a cheerleader of American culture and influence, embracing Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as early role models. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Rudyard Kipling loved Vermont. Then he had to leave it.," 15 July 2019 These days, Mooney, the West Virginia Congressman, has taken up the mantle as one of gold’s biggest cheerleaders (Ron Paul’s son Rand, a senator from Kentucky, is also a part of this club). Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The quiet campaign to reinstate the gold standard is getting louder," 3 July 2019 The event will also include cheerleaders, barbecue and live music. Matt Szabo,, "Spotlight coming for Mr. Irrelevant Caleb Wilson," 27 June 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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