gau·​lei·​ter ˈgau̇-ˌlī-tər How to pronounce gauleiter (audio)
: a district leader in Nazi Germany who served as a provincial governor
: a subordinate political official resembling a Nazi gauleiter in function or in autocratic manner
: a person with an arrogant overbearing outlook or manner

Examples of gauleiter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, Lee, the CCP’s local gauleiter, was not satisfied. Doug Bandow, National Review, 10 Feb. 2024

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Word History


German, from Gau party district in Nazi Germany + Leiter leader

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of gauleiter was in 1936

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Cite this Entry

“Gauleiter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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