bear leader

or bear-lead·er


(formerly) a tutor traveling with a wealthy or aristocratic young man.

Origin of bear leader

First recorded in 1740–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bear leader

  • A captain on the Staff was detailed to be my "bear-leader," while I was in Berlin.

    With the Zionists in Gallipoli|John Henry Patterson
  • The bear-leader made signs to the people to be quiet, as he had something to say to them.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales|Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
  • The Bear-Leader's was a recognized and lucrative profession.

    Seeing and Hearing|George W. E. Russell
  • He is at present acting as bear-leader to a young man who has just come into 1,700l. a year.

    Sharps and Flats|John Nevil Maskelyne