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  1. a person or thing that follows.
  2. a person who follows another in regard to his or her ideas or belief; disciple or adherent.
  3. a person who imitates, copies, or takes as a model or ideal: He was little more than a follower of current modes.
  4. an attendant, servant, or retainer.
  5. a person who follows or subscribes to another's posts on a social media website: He spent hours figuring out how to get more followers on Twitter.
  6. British Informal. a boyfriend or suitor, especially of a maidservant.
  7. Machinery. a part receiving motion from or following the movements of another part, especially a cam.
  8. Engineering, Building Trades. a concrete form attached to the head of a timber pile to permit casting of a concrete cap or pier.

Origin of follower

before 900; Middle English folwer, Old English folgere. See follow, -er1

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2. Follower, adherent, partisan refer to someone who demonstrates allegiance to a person, a doctrine, a cause, and the like. Follower often has an implication of personal relationship or of slavish acquiescence. Adherent, a more formal word, has implications of active championship of a person or a point of view. Partisan, ordinarily meaning a person prejudiced and unreasoning in adherence to a party, during World War II took on the meaning of a member of certain groups in occupied countries of Europe who carried on underground resistance to the Nazis.

Antonyms for follower Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for follower

Contemporary Examples of follower

Historical Examples of follower

  • A follower who has not yet obtained all that he expects to get.

  • No man lives in freedom anywhere on earth who is not his debtor and his follower.

  • It is no flatterer, it is no follower; it never appeals from itself.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • He is their leader and not their follower, but in order to lead he must also follow.



  • And paradise is for her who makes a follower of Moosa into a follower of Mohammed.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for follower


  1. a person who accepts the teachings of another; disciple; adherenta follower of Marx
  2. an attendant or henchman
  3. an enthusiast or supporter, as of a sport or team
  4. (esp formerly) a male admirer
  5. rare a pursuer
  6. a machine part that derives its motion by following the motion of another part
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Word Origin and History for follower

Old English folgere "retainer, servant, disciple; successor," agent noun from follow. Related: Followers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper