cheer·​lead·​er | \ ˈchir-ˌlē-dər \

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 \ verb, transitive + intransitive
cheerleading \ ˈchir-​ˌlē-​diŋ \ noun

Examples of cheerleader in a Sentence

a politician who is a cheerleader for the government's new economic plan

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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,, "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 After photographs appeared online of Jason with another woman, namely Brittany Kerr, then a Charlotte Bobcats cheerleader, aspiring model, and former American Idol contestant, Jason apologized and tried to patch things up with his wife. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Jason Aldean and His Wife, Brittany Aldean," 13 Apr. 2018 Nord Stream 2’s chief German cheerleader (and chairman of the project’s board) is Gerhard Schröder, current Rosneft chairman, former SPD leader and Mrs. Merkel’s predecessor as Chancellor. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Moscow’s ‘Political’ Pipeline," 12 Apr. 2018 Lawther explains that whenever the cameras stopped rolling, Atwell stepping firmly into the role her character inhabits in the film—cheerleader, mother, and sister—to keep morale up behind the scenes during long days in uncomfortable wardrobe. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "How Hayley Atwell and Kenneth Lonergan Explode Stuffy Expectations in Howards End," 5 Apr. 2018 On April 14, the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association will honor Martin Luther King Jr. and black history with a marching band, cheerleaders, refreshments, games, speakers, a children’s book giveaway and more. Chris Kaltenbach,, "A guide to Light City Baltimore's neighborhood festivities," 4 Apr. 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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