- 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
Examples from the Web for leaderless
Contemporary Examples of leaderless
Organizations engaging in network are often diffuse, leaderless, and incredibly resilient.ISIS Is Winning the Online Jihad Against the West
Ali Fisher, Nico Prucha
October 1, 2014
We were also embraced by others in the leadership of this leaderless movement.A Year On: Occupy L.A. And God
September 28, 2012
Their very existence makes your spirit soar even as their weak, leaderless structure causes it to sink.Obama's Shrinking Presidency
October 9, 2011
The idea was that a leaderless Internet-enabled movement would prove impossible to defeat or even control.The Taliban-Al Qaeda Connection
October 16, 2009
How must such a leaderless community get ready for the next political battle?Hollywood’s Gay Powerati Are Fuming
November 11, 2008
Historical Examples of leaderless
Leaderless, they were helpless, and I believe they were happy in the change.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
There was just enough of bewildered, leaderless indecision to settle the matter.Two Arrows
William O. Stoddard
And yet it was not the absence of the former which had left them leaderless.Once to Every Man
Chicago is leaderless, purposeless, slovenly, down at the heels.Marching Men
They were dazed, leaderless, struggling to restrain themselves.The Devil's Own
- 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).