[ cheer-lee-der ]
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  1. a person who leads spectators in cheering, usually a member of a team that performs dance, acrobatic, and tumbling routines at sporting events or in competitions with other teams.

  2. a person who encourages and openly supports the success of a person or cause: Her dad has always been her biggest cheerleader.He emerged as a cheerleader for the rights of the incarcerated.

Origin of cheerleader

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

Words Nearby cheerleader Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cheerleader in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cheerleader


/ (ˈtʃɪəˌliːdə) /

  1. a person who leads a crowd in formal cheers, esp at sports events

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