ringleader

[ ring-lee-der ]
/ ˈrɪŋˌli dər /

noun

a person who leads others, especially in opposition to authority, law, etc.: a ringleader of revolutionary activities.

Nearby words

  1. ringer's solution,
  2. ringgit,
  3. ringhals,
  4. ringing,
  5. ringing tone,
  6. ringlet,
  7. ringlight,
  8. ringling,
  9. ringmaster,
  10. ringneck

Origin of ringleader

First recorded in 1495–1505; ring1 + leader

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British Dictionary definitions for ringleader

ringleader

/ (ˈrɪŋˌliːdə) /

noun

a person who leads others in any kind of unlawful or mischievous activity
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Word Origin and History for ringleader

ringleader

n.

c.1500, from Middle English phrase to lead the ring (mid-14c.), probably from a medieval metaphor from dancing. See ring (n.1) + lead (v.1).

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