- 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.
Origin of leader
Related Words for leaderhead, ruler, chief, commander, director, manager, officer, superintendent, general, lion, rector, dean, eminence, captain, pacesetter, principal, superior, lead, luminary, pioneer
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Contemporary Examples of 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
January 6, 2015
He affected an anchorman finesse in apologizing for “past mistakes” as a Ku Klux Klan leader.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
The seedlings of his potential greatness as a leader are sprinkled throughout it.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person
January 2, 2015
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
December 31, 2014
“Poor Steve Scalise is getting a bad rap,” Knight, a long-time aide to former KKK leader David Duke, told The Daily Beast.GOP Boss Gets Help From ‘White Hate’ Pal
December 30, 2014
Historical Examples of leader
Mr. Gladstone was hailed everywhere as the leader of the Liberal party.
On the way the leader explained his system briefly and clearly.
Not until he had secured such information did the leader move.
The leader had gone with Joe Clune straight for the front car.
Such was the leader whom Mr. Gladstone had faithfully followed for many years.
- Also called (esp US and Canadian): concertmasterthe principal first violinist of an orchestra, who plays solo parts, and acts as the conductor's deputy and spokesman for the orchestra
- USa 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).