[fy-ruhr; English fyoo r-er]

noun German.

der Führer [der] /dɛr/, the leader: title of Adolf Hitler.

Also Fuehrer.

Origin of Führer

First recorded in 1930–35
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a leader: applied esp to Adolf Hitler (der Führer) while he was Chancellor

Word Origin for Führer

German, from führen to lead
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Word Origin and History for fuhrer



1934, from Führer und Reichskanzler, title assumed by Hitler in 1934 as head of the German state, from German Führer "leader," from führen "to lead," from Middle High German vüeren "to lead, drive," from Old High German fuoren "to set in motion, lead," causative of Old High German faran "to go, travel," which is cognate with Old English faran (see fare (v.)). Hitler's title was modeled on Mussolini's Duce.

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