Definition of leader in English:

leader

Line breaks: lead¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈliːdə
 
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noun

1The person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country: the leader of a protest group a natural leader
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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.
Synonyms
chief, head, principal, boss; commander, captain; figurehead, controller, superior, kingpin, headman, mover and shaker; chairman, chairwoman, chairperson, chair, convener, moderator; director, managing director, MD, manager, superintendent, supervisor, overseer, administrator, employer, master, mistress, foreman; president, premier, governor; ruler, monarch, king, queen, sovereign, emperor, tsar, prince, princess, lord, lord and master; elder, patriarch; guru, mentor, authority
informal boss man, skipper, gaffer, guv'nor, top dog, number one, big cheese, big noise, bigwig, big shot
North American informal honcho, Mister Big, numero uno, sachem, padrone
1.1 (also Leader of the House) British A member of the government officially responsible for initiating business in Parliament.
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  • 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.
1.2The person or team that is winning a sporting competition at a particular time: Nora was up among the leaders
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  • It is a fairly common occurrence to have players on the same team being a league leader and a runnerup.
  • The boys may add the league title to the team cup as league leaders with only two matches left to play this season.
  • The four teams will play each other and the group leader and the second team will meet at the finals.
1.3An 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.
Synonyms
2The principal player in a music group.
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  • 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.
2.1British The principal first violinist in an orchestra.
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  • 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.
2.2North American A conductor of a 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.
3British A leading article in a newspaper.
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  • 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 non-functioning 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

Derivatives

leaderless

adjective
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  • 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.

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