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1the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country:the leader of a protest group an organization or company that is the most advanced or successful in a particular area:a leader in the use of video conferencing (also Leader of the House) British a member of the government officially responsible for initiating business in Parliament. 2the principal player in a music group. North American a conductor of a band or small musical group. British the principal first violinist in an orchestra. 3British a leading article or editorial in a newspaper. 4a short strip of nonfunctioning material at each end of a reel of film or recording tape for connection to the spool. a length of filament attached to the end of a fishing line to carry the hook or fly. 5a shoot of a plant at the apex of a stem or main branch. 6
) Printing a series of dots or dashes across the page to guide the eye, especially in tabulated material.