- a person or thing that leads.
- a guiding or directing head, as of an army, movement, or political group.
- 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 featured article of trade, especially one offered at a low price to attract customers.Compare loss leader.
- blank film or tape at the beginning of a length of film or magnetic tape, used for threading a motion-picture camera, tape recorder, etc.Compare trailer(def 6).
- 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.
- a pipe for conveying rain water downward, as from a roof; downspout.
- a horse harnessed at the front of a team.
- leaders, Printing. a row of dots or a short line to lead the eye across a space.
- Nautical. lead1(def 40b).
- a duct for conveying warm air from a hot-air furnace to a register or stack.
- Mining. a thin vein of ore connected with a large vein.
Origin of leader
Related Wordshead, ruler, chief, commander, director, manager, officer, superintendent, general, lion, rector, dean, eminence, captain, pacesetter, principal, superior, lead, luminary, pioneer
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
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
Mr. Gladstone was hailed everywhere as the leader of the Liberal party.
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.
On the way the leader explained his system briefly and clearly.
Not until he had secured such information did the leader move.
- a person who rules, guides, or inspires others; head
- 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
- mainly US and Canadian an article offered at a sufficiently low price to attract customersSee also loss leader
- a statistic or index that gives an advance indication of the state of the economy
- Also called: leading article mainly British the leading editorial in a newspaper
- angling another word for trace 2 (def. 2), cast (def. 32a)
- nautical another term for fairlead
- a strip of blank film or tape used to facilitate threading a projector, developing machine, etc, and to aid identification
- (plural) printing rows of dots or hyphens used to guide the reader's eye across a page, as in a table of contents
- botany any of the long slender shoots that grow from the stem or branch of a tree: usually removed during pruning
- British a member of the Government having primary authority in initiating legislative business (esp in the phrases Leader of the House of Commons and Leader of the House of Lords)
- the senior barrister, usually a Queen's Counsel, in charge of the conduct of a caseCompare junior (def. 6)
Word Origin and History for leader
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).