cheerleader

[ cheer-lee-der ]
/ ˈtʃɪərˌli dər /

noun

a person who leads spectators in traditional or formal cheering, especially at a pep rally or athletic event.

Nearby words

  1. cheerer-upper,
  2. cheerful,
  3. cheerfully,
  4. cheerio,
  5. cheerlead,
  6. cheerleading,
  7. cheerless,
  8. cheerlessly,
  9. cheerly,
  10. cheero

Origin of cheerleader

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; cheer + leader

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British Dictionary definitions for cheerleader

cheerleader

/ (ˈtʃɪəˌliːdə) /

noun

a person who leads a crowd in formal cheers, esp at sports events
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Word Origin and History for cheerleader

cheerleader

n.

also cheer-leader, 1900, American English, from cheer (n.) + leader. Cheerleading is attested from 1906.

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