- a conductor or director, as of an orchestra, band, or chorus.
- the player at the head of the first violins in an orchestra, the principal cornetist in a band, or the principal soprano in a chorus, to whom any incidental solos are usually assigned.
- a length of nylon, silkworm gut, wire, or the like, to which the lure or hook is attached.
- the net used to direct fish into a weir, pound, etc.
- leadbeater's cockatoo,
- leader block,
- leader board,
- leader cable,
- leader head,
Origin of leader
Examples from the Web for leader
Their leader, Njie, still going by “Dave” during the operation, would stay a safe distance away until the State House was secure.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He affected an anchorman finesse in apologizing for “past mistakes” as a Ku Klux Klan leader.
The seedlings of his potential greatness as a leader are sprinkled throughout it.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Jennie kept his parliamentary vestments for her son, apparently instilling in Winston the sense that he would be a leader.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain|Tim Teeman|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Poor Steve Scalise is getting a bad rap,” Knight, a long-time aide to former KKK leader David Duke, told The Daily Beast.
Meantime, the leader, to whom thousands were looking up, was miserable and alone.The Eternal City|Hall Caine
During these years, however, he was equally active as a leader in politics.The History of the Negro Church|Carter Godwin Woodson
Nevertheless he is called to be a "leader," with the responsibilities and duties of a leader.Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews|Handley C.G. Moule
The race ends when the flag returns to the leader, who waves the same above his head, indicating the close of the race.School, Church, and Home Games|George O. Draper
Arrived there, the leader turned south, for we were not yet high enough.Cavalry of the Clouds|Alan Bott
- Also called (esp US and Canadian): concertmaster the principal first violinist of an orchestra, who plays solo parts, and acts as the conductor's deputy and spokesman for the orchestra
- US a conductor or director of an orchestra or chorus
- the first man on a climbing rope
- the leading horse or dog in a team
Old English lædere "one who leads," agent noun from lædan (see lead (v.)). As a title for the head of an authoritarian state, from 1918 (translating führer, Duce, caudillo, etc.). Meaning "writing or statement meant to begin a discussion or debate" is late 13c.; in modern use often short for leading article (1807) "opinion piece in a British newspaper" (leader in this sense attested from 1837).