- a person or thing that leads.
- a guiding or directing head, as of an army, movement, or political group.
- a conductor or director, as of an orchestra, band, or chorus.
- the player at the head of the first violins in an orchestra, the principal cornetist in a band, or the principal soprano in a chorus, to whom any incidental solos are usually assigned.
- a featured article of trade, especially one offered at a low price to attract customers.Compare loss leader.
- blank film or tape at the beginning of a length of film or magnetic tape, used for threading a motion-picture camera, tape recorder, etc.Compare trailer(def 6).
- a length of nylon, silkworm gut, wire, or the like, to which the lure or hook is attached.
- the net used to direct fish into a weir, pound, etc.
- a pipe for conveying rain water downward, as from a roof; downspout.
- a horse harnessed at the front of a team.
- leaders, Printing. a row of dots or a short line to lead the eye across a space.
- Nautical. lead1(def 40b).
- a duct for conveying warm air from a hot-air furnace to a register or stack.
- Mining. a thin vein of ore connected with a large vein.
Origin of leader
Examples from the Web for sub-leader
Conditions now were such that it seemed best to divide the train into sections and put each section under a sub-leader.The Expedition of the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate
Eliza Poor Donner Houghton
- a person who rules, guides, or inspires others; head
- Also called (esp US and Canadian): concertmasterthe principal first violinist of an orchestra, who plays solo parts, and acts as the conductor's deputy and spokesman for the orchestra
- USa conductor or director of an orchestra or chorus
- the first man on a climbing rope
- the leading horse or dog in a team
- mainly US and Canadian an article offered at a sufficiently low price to attract customersSee also loss leader
- a statistic or index that gives an advance indication of the state of the economy
- Also called: leading article mainly British the leading editorial in a newspaper
- angling another word for trace 2 (def. 2), cast (def. 32a)
- nautical another term for fairlead
- a strip of blank film or tape used to facilitate threading a projector, developing machine, etc, and to aid identification
- (plural) printing rows of dots or hyphens used to guide the reader's eye across a page, as in a table of contents
- botany any of the long slender shoots that grow from the stem or branch of a tree: usually removed during pruning
- British a member of the Government having primary authority in initiating legislative business (esp in the phrases Leader of the House of Commons and Leader of the House of Lords)
- the senior barrister, usually a Queen's Counsel, in charge of the conduct of a caseCompare junior (def. 6)
Word Origin and History for sub-leader
Old English lædere "one who leads," agent noun from lædan (see lead (v.)). As a title for the head of an authoritarian state, from 1918 (translating führer, Duce, caudillo, etc.). Meaning "writing or statement meant to begin a discussion or debate" is late 13c.; in modern use often short for leading article (1807) "opinion piece in a British newspaper" (leader in this sense attested from 1837).