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 leaderless (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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Why this matters: With few killer apps and even fewer flagship watches, Wear OS is in desperate need of a leader. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google's Wear OS gets glancy with swipeable Tiles for news, weather, timers, and more," 1 May 2019 The Trump campaign is also eyeing the fallout of a political scandal among Democratic leaders in Virginia to determine whether there’s an opening in the state. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump campaign eyes chances to vie for states lost in 2016," 14 Apr. 2019 Acer’s onto something by blazing its own trail rather than chasing the leaders. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Acer CEO Jason Chen explains why his PCs are going niche," 19 Apr. 2019 Opposition leaders, ranging from the far-left to right-wing, said authorities sought to prevent their supporters from coming to Belgrade for the rally Saturday. Dusan Stojanovic, The Seattle Times, "Thousands rally in Serbia against populist leader Vucic," 14 Apr. 2019 The congresswoman known as AOC has been a leader on the Green New Deal, a plan to tackle both climate change and economic inequity. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Said Climate Change and Immigration Are Connected — Here's Why She's Right," 11 Apr. 2019 While Democratic Party leaders have shied away from impeachment talks as of late, with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (the No. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "AOC Joins Rashida Tlaib's Call for Impeachment as Democrats Call for Congressional Testimony From Robert Mueller," 19 Apr. 2019 Before the concert came to a close, Hongjoong, the group's leader, thanked Ateez's stylist and makeup artist. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How Bold Beauty Choices Set Rookie Group Ateez Apart in the K-Pop World," 17 Apr. 2019 This downtime gave Hasbro time to design a leader for Cobra. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of leader

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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