füh·​rer | \ ˈfyu̇r-ər How to pronounce führer (audio) , ˈfir- How to pronounce führer (audio) \
variants: or fuehrer

Definition of führer

: leader sense 2 especially : tyrant

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Examples of führer in a Sentence

a nation that has suffered under the yoke of one führer after another, never knowing the freedoms of a democracy
Recent Examples on the Web Yorki is Jojo's best friend and, outside the imaginary fuhrer, his closest confidant. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Jojo Rabbit' Breakout Archie Yates Talks Burning Books for His First Feature," 24 Oct. 2019 In 1933, deputy fuhrer Rudolf Hess ordered Heinz Spanknobel, a German immigrant, to form Friends of New Germany, a group based in NYC, with the goal of spreading National Socialism throughout the United States. Matt Giles, Longreads, "A Look Back at the 1939 Pro-Nazi Rally at Madison Square Garden and the Protestors Who Organized Against It," 13 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of führer

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for führer

German (der) Führer, literally, the leader (title assumed by Adolf Hitler), from Middle High German vüerer, from vüeren to lead, bear, from Old High German fuoren to lead; akin to Old English faran to go — more at fare

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“Führer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/f%C3%BChrer. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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