Definition of leader in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlēdər/


1The person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country: the leader of a protest group
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  • The thinking will guide leaders in four questions to be asked about technology and ministry.
  • As a result Blighty is starting a new series following the party leaders as they frantically smother the country in baby kisses.
  • We call upon one to bless our gardens before planting and another to guide our world leaders when faced with war.
chairman, chairwoman, chairperson, chair;
(managing) director, CEO, manager, superintendent, supervisor, overseer, administrator, employer, master, mistress;
president, premier, governor;
ruler, monarch, king, queen, sovereign, emperor
informal boss, skipper, number one, numero uno, honcho, sachem, padrone
1.1An organization or company that is the most advanced or successful in a particular area: a leader in the use of video conferencing
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  • That business dated back to the 1800s and it was a one-time leader in the area.
  • A lot of these new concepts are coming out of Europe, but Canada is considered a world leader in the area.
  • The important thing is that if one achieves this, one would also become a technology leader in this area.
pioneer, front runner, world leader, world-beater, innovator, trailblazer, groundbreaker, trendsetter, torchbearer, pathfinder
1.2 (also Leader of the House) (In the UK) a member of the government officially responsible for initiating business in the House of Commons or House of Lords.
Example sentences
  • Surely the Leader of the House can see that that is not parliamentary.
  • These were hurled at Michael Foot, the then Leader of the House, in the House of Commons, on July 6, 1978.
  • I see the Leader of the House, who is also the Minister in the chair, shaking his head.
2The principal player in a music group.
Example sentences
  • The band leader stopped the music and made the announcement that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas.
  • He is an avid composer, trumpet player and leader of small groups.
  • He was born in Dublin where his father was a popular band leader and trumpet player.
2.1North American A conductor of a band or small musical group.
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  • One of the first documented accounts of his conducting was as a choir leader in England.
  • Then I would take the band out on the show because the orchestra leader didn't want to conduct out in front of the public.
  • She turned to the members of the orchestra and the orchestra leader - they took their bows.
2.2British The principal first violinist in an orchestra.
Example sentences
  • It was the day when the second fiddle became the leader of the orchestra.
  • She was given a dozen encores and then the orchestra leader decided that enough was enough.
  • On stage at the concert hall is Roland, the quiet and intense orchestra leader, who is befriended by local musician and The Who fanatic, Alex.
3British A leading article or editorial in a newspaper.
Example sentences
  • Newspapers have leaders or editorials or whatever they call them where you live, but not poetry.
  • In leaders and news reports, the paper's editors and reporters ignore the unsustainable nature of endless economic growth on a finite planet.
  • Today the Guardian newspaper even featured blogging in its editorial leader column.
4A short strip of nonfunctioning material at each end of a reel of film or recording tape for connection to the spool.
4.1A length of filament attached to the end of a fishing line to carry the hook or fly.
Example sentences
  • I stuck out the free rod for Belinda, and I carried on changing the leaders on the other two rods.
  • If you find that tangling still occurs, shorten the leader length and slow the speed of the drop.
  • I carry a few nine foot leaders with a 6lb point which I use when fishing waters where there is a chance of hooking a barbel.
5A shoot of a plant at the apex of a stem or main branch.
Example sentences
  • Then she chooses which of the new shoots will be the leader, or main stem.
  • The tree's main stem or stems is called a leader, a continuation of the trunk.
  • A new leader cannot develop on plants that have been cut back too far.
6 (leaders) Printing A series of dots or dashes across the page to guide the eye, especially in tabulated material.



Pronunciation: /ˈlēdərləs/
Example sentences
  • After being leaderless for several hours, the government quickly consolidated its power and proved that it was capable of controlling the situation.
  • They were not a united minority mainly due to the fact that they suffered from such blows as being leaderless and economically dependent.
  • The trend reveals an emerging movement that's leaderless, global, anarchic and chaotic but it is a movement in which ordinary people can participate en masse to voice their concerns and bring about change.

Words that rhyme with leader

Aïda, bleeder, Breda, cedar, conceder, corrida, Derrida, Elfreda, e-reader, Etheldreda, feeder, follow-my-leader, interceder, interpleader, kneader, Leda, Lieder, misleader, pleader, reader, seceder, seeder, speeder, stampeder, succeeder, weeder

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Syllabification: lead·er

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