ringleader

noun
ring·lead·er | \ˈriŋ-ˌlē-dər \

Definition of ringleader 

: a leader of a ring of individuals engaged especially in improper or unlawful activities

Examples of ringleader in a Sentence

the ringleader of a gang of criminals

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Even the film’s ringleader, a talented songwriter and performer named Mike, seems to gradually wilt over the course of the film, becoming less assertive and creative in both his artistic and personal life. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "This year’s Cannes Film Festival was a plea against complacency," 18 May 2018 The infamous Kentucky bourbon theft ring finally comes to a close after its ringleader gets sentenced to prison. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky wants to drink bourbon for its birthday - not worry about it," 1 June 2018 Sixteen other men, including ringleader Matthew Tedesco, Atlantic City Firefighter Michael Pepper, and Margate Firefighter Michael Sher, have pleaded guilty. Amy S. Rosenberg, Philly.com, "South Jersey teacher, salesman, plead guilty in Shore health benefits scam," 26 Mar. 2018 The ringleader of the smuggling network on trial was Lahoo Samsooryamal, a slim, 31-year-old Afghan who speaks eight languages. Helene Bienvenu And Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, "They Let 71 People Die in Stifling Truck. They Got 25 Years.," 15 June 2018 Otherwise the instructions are to shoot below the knees of ringleaders. Loveday Morris, The Seattle Times, "As Ivanka and Jared join embassy party in Jerusalem, Gaza braces for violence," 13 May 2018 Bill Skarsgard stars as Pennywise, the creepy-clown incarnation of the title creature, while Jaeden Lieberher plays the ringleader of the local kids. Ed Stockly, latimes.com, "Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk shows: 'Ransom' on CBS," 30 June 2018 According to the 1994 indictment, Johnson was a ringleader of a multistate operation that trafficked in thousands of pounds of cocaine during the early 1990s. Alex Johnson /, NBC News, "Kim Kardashian West pushes White House for more drug sentence commutations," 14 June 2018 The ringleader of the smuggling network on trial was Lahoo Samsooryamal, a slim, 31-year-old Afghan who speaks eight languages. Helene Bienvenu And Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, "They Let 71 People Die in Stifling Truck. They Got 25 Years.," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of ringleader

circa 1503, in the meaning defined above

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ringleader

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ringleader

: the leader of a group that causes trouble or is involved in an illegal activity

ringleader

noun
ring·lead·er | \ˈriŋ-ˌlē-dər \

Kids Definition of ringleader

: a leader especially of a group of people who cause trouble

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