ringleader

noun
ring·​lead·​er | \ ˈriŋ-ˌlē-dər How to pronounce ringleader (audio) \

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Garcia plays the mob ringleader who has overtaken the Florida hotel that is the battleground for this tale about a disillusioned World War II veteran who must muster the inner strength to take on another formidable enemy. Los Angeles Times, "The best theater to see in L.A. this fall," 11 Sep. 2019 One of the four suspects — alleged ringleader Darius Fields — is serving time in federal prison on a firearms charge. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Dallas grand jury indicts 4 men in drug-related revenge slaying of 13-year-old Shavon Randle," 16 Aug. 2019 That appears to be the current strategy as well, combined with hardline policing of any violent protests, and increased arrests of alleged ringleaders. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong airport occupied by hundreds of protesters as demonstrations enter tenth weekend," 9 Aug. 2019 Entities associated with the alleged ringleader did at least $10 million in sales on Amazon since 2013, FBI agent Ariana Kroshinsky wrote in her affidavit. Fox News, "Amazon drivers part of major theft ring, FBI says," 2 Aug. 2019 Entities associated with the alleged ringleader did at least $10 million in sales on Amazon since 2013, FBI agent Ariana Kroshinsky wrote in her affidavit. Washington Post, "FBI: Delivery drivers involved in Amazon theft ring," 2 Aug. 2019 Entities associated with the alleged ringleader did at least $10 million in sales on Amazon since 2013, FBI agent Ariana Kroshinsky wrote in her affidavit. NBC News, "Amazon drivers part of $10 million theft ring, FBI says," 1 Aug. 2019 Entities associated with the alleged ringleader did at least $10 million in sales on Amazon since 2013, FBI agent Ariana Kroshinsky wrote in her affidavit. Gene Johnson, USA TODAY, "An Amazon driver theft ring sold stolen goods for 6 years, raked in millions in sales," 1 Aug. 2019 Most of the perpetrators had been arrested by federal forces, including the alleged ringleader, Asaminew Tsige, an Ahmara security chief known as a hard-liner opposed to Mr. Ahmed’s reforms. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Ethiopia, in the Midst of a Political Crisis, Foils Coup Attempt," 23 June 2019

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

See More

First Known Use of ringleader

circa 1503, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ringleader

Dictionary Entries near ringleader

ring joint

ringle

ringlead

ringleader

ringle-eyed

ringless

ringlet

Statistics for ringleader

Last Updated

15 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ringleader

The first known use of ringleader was circa 1503

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ringleader

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 How to pronounce ringleader (audio) \

Kids Definition of ringleader

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

More from Merriam-Webster on ringleader

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with ringleader

Spanish Central: Translation of ringleader

Nglish: Translation of ringleader for Spanish Speakers

Comments on ringleader

What made you want to look up ringleader? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

tired or exhausted

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!