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
That leaves leaders like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell in a bind.
Others say few leaders are doing more to avert a climate change disaster than Musk.
The shootings in Miami Beach had some community leaders calling for the end of Urban Beach Weekend, a yearly gathering of mostly young blacks to South Beach to enjoy food, friends and music typically dominated by hip hop and reggae.
Macron struck up an unusually chummy rapport in his first meetings with Trump, winning a handshake contest and the U.S. leader’s cellphone number, despite their stark political differences.
Britain’s impending break with the European Union was a point of tension with France when the two leaders met for the first time since Macron’s election victory, in a 15th-century former monastery in the historic town of Taormina, Sicily.
That group of proposals didn't include Rauner's property tax demand, and majority Democrats in the House also haven't shown much inclination to go along with the state's Republican leader.
The Marines that General McMahon commands are flummoxed by their leader’s do-gooder optimism.
Ana Lily Amirpour's follow-up to her stellar A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a one-of-a-kind gem: a dystopian romance set in a desert wasteland about a girl (Suki Waterhouse) who falls in love with the leader of a cannibal clan (Jason Momoa).
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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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