leader

noun
lead·​er | \ ˈlē-dər How to pronounce leader (audio) \

Definition of leader

1 : something that leads: such as
a : a primary or terminal shoot of a plant
b : tendon, sinew the leaders in his wrists moved like baling wire— Dillon Anderson
c leaders plural : dots or hyphens (as in an index) used to lead the eye horizontally : ellipsis sense 2
d chiefly British : a newspaper editorial
e(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 hook
g : something that ranks first the leaders among communicable diseases
h : a blank section at the beginning or end of a reel of film or recorded tape
2 : a person who leads: such as
a : 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 movement
c(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 House
d(1) : conductor sense 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

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Other Words from leader

leaderless \ ˈlē-​dər-​ləs How to pronounce leader (audio) \ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web As travel has increased and evolved, the publication has been a leader in bringing attention to trends, news, destinations, hotels, cruises, airlines, and all things travel. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 20 July 2021 China is a leader in cyberwarfare research along with the United States and Russia, but Beijing denies accusations that Chinese hackers steal trade secrets and technology. NBC News, 20 July 2021 In a long-running project, the state will provide an additional $50 million for redeveloping and upgrading the State Pier in New London as Lamont continues pushing for the state to be a leader in wind energy. Christopher Keating, courant.com, 20 July 2021 For a Glenelg Country defense that ranked third in the IAAM A Conference in goals against (108), O’Ferrall was the leader in multiple statistical categories. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, 20 July 2021 Inniss has been warm on Oklahoma for a while, and the Sooners are thought to be the leader in his recruitment. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, 18 July 2021 San Francisco has been a leader in imposing vaccination requirements for some. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 Kehoe also served on the staff for Councilmember John Hartley, who was a leader in the district election campaign. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 July 2021 Early in the century, Jacobsen was a leader of Vancouver’s vision to commemorate the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark’s journey to the Pacific Northwest. oregonlive, 15 July 2021

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

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First Known Use of leader

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of leader was in the 14th century

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“Leader.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leader. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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leader

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leader

: someone who guides other people
: someone or something that is ahead of others in a race or competition
: a powerful person who controls or influences what other people do : a person who leads a group, organization, country, etc.

leader

noun
lead·​er | \ ˈlē-dər How to pronounce leader (audio) \

Kids Definition of leader

: someone or something that leads or is able to lead a political leader

Other Words from leader

leadership \ -​ˌship \ noun

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