Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

akela

[uh-kee-luh]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. (in the Cub Scouts) a pack leader.

Origin of akela

after Akela, leader of the wolf pack in The Jungle Books by Kipling
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for akela

Historical Examples

  • Akela occupied one of these, and the Cubs were divided into two groups.

    Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light

    Vera C. Barclay

  • So, on condition they get undressed in five minutes, Akela says "Yes."

  • She had often seen them run past, and now she stopped and asked Akela what they were.

  • Akela thought there was no hope of ever seeing the cap again on Andy's head.

  • There was a long hush, for no single wolf cared to fight Akela to the death.

    The Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling


British Dictionary definitions for akela

Akela

noun
  1. British the adult leader of a pack of Cub ScoutsUS equivalent: Den Mother

Word Origin

C20: after a character in Kipling's The Jungle Book (1894–95), who is the leader of a wolfpack
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012