Definition of leader
1 : something that leads: such asa : a primary or terminal shoot of a plantb : tendon, sinew the leaders in his wrists moved like baling wire — Dillon Andersonc leaders plural : dots or hyphens (as in an index) used to lead the eye horizontally : ellipsis 2d chiefly British : a newspaper editoriale (1) : something for guiding fish into a trap (2) : a short length of material for attaching the end of a fishing line to a lure or hookf : loss leaderg : something that ranks first the leaders among communicable diseasesh : a blank section at the beginning or end of a reel of film or recorded tape
2 : a person who leads: such asa : guide, conductor The tour leader recommended several restaurants in the area.b (1) : a person who directs a military force or unit leaders of the army (2) : a person who has commanding authority or influence a leader in the reform movementc (1) : the principal officer of a British political party (2) : a party member chosen to manage party activities in a legislative body the majority leader (3) : such a party member presiding over the whole legislative body when the party constitutes a majority the leader of the Housed (1) : conductor c the orchestra's leader (2) : a first or principal performer of a group The concertmaster is the leader of the violin section.
3 : a horse placed in advance of the other horses of a team
leaderlessplay \ˈlē-dər-ləs\ adjective
Examples of leader in a Sentence
The tour leader suggested several restaurants in the area.
She was the leader for most of the race, but she eventually finished second.
The class focused on the great religious leaders of the last century.
the leader of an army
a leader of the antiwar movement
Some people are leaders, and some people are followers.
The company has become a leader in developing new technology.
the leader of a popular big band of the 1930s
The Times attacked the government in a leader today.
Recent Examples of leader from the Web
To protect vulnerable lawmakers, party leaders rarely ask rank-and-file members to take tough votes on bills that don’t have a good chance of becoming law.
Contrary to city leaders' worst fears, there had been none of the confrontations seen in other cities.
Namely, how will Mal deal with Uma, Ursula's daughter and the new leader of Isle of the Lost?
This will help the city leaders come up with a plan for the city, said Mayor Matt Mattone.
A mountain of research on women leaders has found that the idea of a powerful woman runs counter to most people’s expectations for what’s considered feminine –quiet, supportive, nurturing and definitely not ambitious.
Brendan is strong and smart and loving and obviously a leader!!
The U.S. wasn’t without opportunities from its offensive leaders: Jozy Altidore fired three times and both Arriola and Dempsey took a shot at goal themselves.
Company officials did meet with a subcommittee of the CAB about two weeks ago and provided information about the project to board leaders, according to Transource spokesperson Rick Abbruzzese.
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First Known Use of leader
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Definition of leader for Students
: someone or something that leads or is able to lead a political leader
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