Definition of führer in English:


(also fuehrer)


  • A tyrannical leader.

    • ‘The führer's eyes darkened for a moment, and he grasped Tam's shirt collar, making him gasp, but then seemingly changed his mind about hurting him, laughed, and flung him into the dust.’
    • ‘Like dictators and führers, politicians always come to the scene of a natural disaster carrying a wad of cash.’
    • ‘Cultic reverence was demanded for the supreme leader, führer or vozhd, who sent commands down through a smoothly functioning hierarchy.’
    • ‘He is the country's principal elected magistrate, not its fuehrer.’
    • ‘Instead, our beloved fuehrer the Prime Minister is calling for increased European arms expenditure so that the EU does not have to rely so heavily on the US.’


From German Führer ‘leader’, part of the title Führer und Reichskanzler ‘Leader and Chancellor of the Empire’ assumed in 1934 by Adolf Hitler, Adolf.