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)

Keep scrolling for more

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Herbert Turner, a British astronomer, began the war as a cheerleader for scientific internationalism. The Economist, "How Einstein and Eddington stood against jingoism," 7 June 2019 Shepherd, ever the cheerleader for the Houston dining scene, gave credit to his staff for the Robb Report distinction. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "The world’s best chef? He's right here in Houston," 6 June 2019 Erica Wilkins, who was a Cowboys cheerleader from May 2014 through August 2017, filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Peter Dawson And Prescotte Stokes Iii, star-telegram, "Report: Former Cowboys cheerleader suing the team over wages, overtime pay," 13 June 2018 Some cheerleaders from the Washington Redskins says they were asked to pose topless during a photo shoot where male sponsors were present. Scooby Axson,, "Lawyer: Cheerleaders Will Move Forward with Lawsuits if Better Conditions Aren't Approved," 7 May 2018 Young cheerleaders from various NORDC playgrounds welcomed attendees with special cheers to this March 6 event, which celebrates people and organizations that help the city's youth thrive. Sue Strachan,, "Afternoon globetrotting at Louisiana Children's Museum World's Fair," 4 Apr. 2018 Sonia is senior class president, swam for two years and was a cheerleader for four years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "With extra help from teachers, two East County teens make it to Stanford," 7 June 2019 Growing up in Montgomery County as the daughter of two Merck employees, Emma had been a high school cheerleader. Aubrey Whelan,, "Two friends shared heroin in a KFC bathroom. One died, one went to prison. Their families are picking up the pieces.," 6 June 2019 Today: Jordan and Chelsea continue to be each other's biggest cheerleaders. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "A Complete Timeline of Jordan Peele and Wife Chelsea Peretti's Low-Key Relationship," 8 Apr. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cheerleader.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cheerleader

1890, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cheerleader

Statistics for cheerleader

Last Updated

8 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cheerleader

The first known use of cheerleader was in 1890

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cheerleader



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on cheerleader

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with cheerleader

Spanish Central: Translation of cheerleader

Nglish: Translation of cheerleader for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of cheerleader for Arabic Speakers

Comments on cheerleader

What made you want to look up cheerleader? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!