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 of ringleader from the Web
Anderson said Covington then confronted Fenner and became the ringleader in the attack.
Peter Lawrence Kafka, 57, of Parkland, who prosecutors said was the ringleader of the fraud, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and was ordered to pay $14,000 in restitution and $55,000 in fines.
The man had no criminal past and was not profiting like the ringleaders.
Godfrey and her two sisters recalled growing up with Collins, a brother figure who was the ringleader in fun and pranks, and his sister, Robyn.
He was painted by prosecutors as an iron-fisted manager and the ringleader of the obstruction plot that ultimately ended in criminal convictions for more than 20 officials, including former Sheriff Lee Baca.
Those charged include alleged ringleader Adil R. Cassim, 29, of Granada Hills, California; Bennie Glover, 35, of Shelby, North Carolina; Matthew D. Chow, 28, of Missouri City, Texas and Edward L. Mohan II, 46, of Baltimore.
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RINGLEADER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ringleader for English Language Learners
: the leader of a group that causes trouble or is involved in an illegal activity
RINGLEADER Defined for Kids
Definition of ringleader for Students
: a leader especially of a group of people who cause trouble
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