leader

[ lee-der ]
/ ˈli dər /

noun


Nearby words

  1. leadbeater's cockatoo,
  2. leadbelly,
  3. leaded,
  4. leaden,
  5. leadenly,
  6. leader block,
  7. leader board,
  8. leader cable,
  9. leader head,
  10. leaderboard

Origin of leader

1250–1300; Middle English leder(e). See lead1, -er1

Related formslead·er·less, adjectivesub·lead·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for leader

leader

/ (ˈliːdə) /

noun

Derived Formsleaderless, adjective

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Word Origin and History for leader

leader

n.

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).

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