Definition of leader in English:



  • 1The person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country.

    ‘the leader of a protest group’
    ‘a natural leader’
    • ‘Members of Parliament or other leaders who promise the moon should be followed and made accountable.’
    • ‘In this way, climate assessments have guided higher education leaders in setting priorities for change.’
    • ‘The volunteer leaders guide the group on a different route each week.’
    • ‘These leaders occupied a series of palaces while the rest of the population lived in large apartment-like compounds set around courtyards.’
    • ‘Think of the discussion leader as a reporter who is creating a story with quotes from the people in the room.’
    • ‘Both parties require their parliamentary leaders to be elected or re-endorsed by caucus every three years.’
    • ‘As is usual in the Netherlands, the Queen appointed an informateur after consulting all leaders of parliamentary parties.’
    • ‘It requires a lot of effort and commitment to act in good faith as responsible parliamentarians and leaders of this country.’
    • ‘I think that this year, with only one leader, the team will be more compact in certain crucial moments of a race.’
    • ‘She appointed the so-called informateur and formateur on the advice of party leaders in Parliament.’
    • ‘An hour or so later, the men guarding me moved off to talk to their leader, leaving his horse and myself unattended.’
    • ‘Consider, for instance, someone who has worked as team leader at a fast food chain.’
    • ‘There are also leaders outside of the parliament who escape prosecution because they have been granted immunity by their own governments.’
    • ‘The chamber had to be redesigned after parliament leaders were unhappy with it.’
    • ‘We call upon one to bless our gardens before planting and another to guide our world leaders when faced with war.’
    • ‘The thinking will guide leaders in four questions to be asked about technology and ministry.’
    • ‘The demons formed themselves into an attack pattern that was like a flock of geese, with their leader up in front.’
    • ‘The Claimant is a member of Parliament and the former leader of the Liberal Democrats.’
    • ‘As a result Blighty is starting a new series following the party leaders as they frantically smother the country in baby kisses.’
    • ‘The person who was supposedly the leader went to the front of the throne and bowed.’
    chief, head, principal, boss
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    1. 1.1 (in the UK) a member of the government officially responsible for initiating business in the House of Commons or House of Lords.
      • ‘But he is also Leader of the House, which is like being the uber-whip, and boss of the House's entire timetable.’
      • ‘I thank the Leader of the House for that indication.’
      • ‘Surely the Leader of the House can see that that is not parliamentary.’
      • ‘The decision to stand down as Leader of the House of Commons was not an easy one.’
      • ‘I see the Leader of the House, who is also the Minister in the chair, shaking his head.’
      • ‘The Leader of the House has now compounded his error.’
      • ‘I echo the comments made by the Leader of the House.’
      • ‘I wish to raise a question with the Leader of the House.’
      • ‘I have two questions for the Leader of the House.’
      • ‘I have just one question to the Leader of the House.’
      • ‘Could the Leader of the House give us some indication of when the Responsible Gambling Bill might come into the House?’
      • ‘These were hurled at Michael Foot, the then Leader of the House, in the House of Commons, on July 6, 1978.’
      • ‘The Foreign Office is no place for a politician of progressive ideas and as a progressive he never made the most of his comparatively short time as Leader of the House.’
    2. 1.2 The person or team that is winning a sporting competition at a particular time.
      ‘Nora was up among the leaders’
      • ‘Skate Away cruised by the leaders, followed closely by Seainsky coming out of fifth place down the stretch.’
      • ‘The boys may add the league title to the team cup as league leaders with only two matches left to play this season.’
      • ‘The four teams will play each other and the group leader and the second team will meet at the finals.’
      • ‘It is a fairly common occurrence to have players on the same team being a league leader and a runnerup.’
    3. 1.3 An organization or company that is the most advanced or successful in a particular area.
      ‘a leader in the use of video conferencing’
      • ‘The company is a leader in the domestic car hire market both in short and long-term rentals.’
      • ‘We are not the leader in the buy-out market by accident.’
      • ‘That business dated back to the 1800s and it was a one-time leader in the area.’
      • ‘Japan is recognised as a world leader in pioneering and developing the industry.’
      • ‘It is a world leader in developing people and organisations to work more effectively.’
      • ‘New Zealand has been a world leader in this area for some considerable time.’
      • ‘The important thing is that if one achieves this, one would also become a technology leader in this area.’
      • ‘He's credited with turning that company into a leader in the utility-software market.’
      • ‘In addition, the company is a global leader in the production of whey protein and lactose powders.’
      • ‘The company is now the acknowledged leader in the rural markets for personal and public transportation.’
      • ‘We admire and congratulate Ireland for being a leader in public health.’
      • ‘The acquisition makes it the world leader in this niche area, an enviable position.’
      • ‘The US, ironically, has been a leader in many areas of tobacco control but has been weak on the framework convention.’
      • ‘Such a move would be seen as a significant boost to Scotland's bid to become a world leader in the development and commercialisation of wave power.’
      • ‘Our company is the leader in online money-exchange on the Russian market.’
      • ‘As the leader in this market, we are trying to push and re-develop it by innovations and targeting more affordable prices.’
      • ‘Still the leader in this area, it has sold only a few thousand units to date.’
      • ‘We want to be a global company and the world leader in golf course management, so it is important to be in these locations.’
      • ‘A lot of these new concepts are coming out of Europe, but Canada is considered a world leader in the area.’
      • ‘It is a leader in the area of transportation and infrastructure design.’
      pioneer, front runner, innovator, trailblazer, pathfinder, groundbreaker, trendsetter, leading light, guiding light, torch-bearer, pacemaker, originator, initiator, developer, discoverer, founder, architect
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  • 2The principal player in a music group.

    • ‘He is an avid composer, trumpet player and leader of small groups.’
    • ‘As soloist, leader Alan Smale stuck the perfect sweet tone without verging on the trite.’
    • ‘He was born in Dublin where his father was a popular band leader and trumpet player.’
    • ‘The leader is a pianist and horn men Greg Gisbert and Brad Goode are among the soloists.’
    • ‘The band leader stopped the music and made the announcement that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas.’
    • ‘Duke Ellington is considered one of the greatest composers and band leaders of the 20th century.’
    • ‘But in this case the leader is a musician whose authority is the music he plays.’
    • ‘For a large man the pianist leader here has kept a rather low profile musically on the local scene.’
    • ‘Guitar soloist Robin Nolan is the leader, accompanied by Kevin Nolan on rhythm guitar and by Paul Meader on bass.’
    1. 2.1British The principal first violinist in an orchestra.
      • ‘It was the day when the second fiddle became the leader of the orchestra.’
      • ‘The orchestra leader has to figure out how to make them play together (tempo).’
      • ‘She was on the road with her husband, an orchestra leader, sometime in the early 1900s.’
      • ‘On stage at the concert hall is Roland, the quiet and intense orchestra leader, who is befriended by local musician and The Who fanatic, Alex.’
      • ‘He had been a famous violinist and concert leader for most of his professional life and still enjoyed playing music.’
      • ‘She was given a dozen encores and then the orchestra leader decided that enough was enough.’
      • ‘The leader was swapping his violin with that of his companion on the first desk.’
      • ‘He learnt music first with his father, leader of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, then studied in Leipzig and Munich.’
    2. 2.2North American A conductor of a small musical group.
      • ‘She turned to the members of the orchestra and the orchestra leader - they took their bows.’
      • ‘Then I would take the band out on the show because the orchestra leader didn't want to conduct out in front of the public.’
      • ‘Ricky Ricardo is a famous orchestra leader and singer working out of the Tropicana Club in New York City.’
      • ‘One of the first documented accounts of his conducting was as a choir leader in England.’
  • 3British A leading article in a newspaper.

    • ‘In leaders and news reports, the paper's editors and reporters ignore the unsustainable nature of endless economic growth on a finite planet.’
    • ‘I object strongly to my local paper having leaders which place them with the tabloid press.’
    • ‘Last Saturday, the newspaper's leader column also reported on a distinctly alarming trend.’
    • ‘There is also a more limited defence of fair comment in relation primarily to the leader columns in the two issues of the newspaper.’
    • ‘Newspapers have leaders or editorials or whatever they call them where you live, but not poetry.’
    • ‘Legislation has too often been cynically reactive to the leader columns of the tabloid newspapers.’
    • ‘Nobody tells journalists not to write articles and leaders condemning this insane corporate stoking of the fires of climate change.’
    • ‘What the big media needs is a cut in columnists and leaders, and a lot more of the reporting that can only be done while wearing clothes.’
    • ‘Today the Guardian newspaper even featured blogging in its editorial leader column.’
  • 4A short strip of non-functioning material at each end of a reel of film or recording tape for connection to the spool.

    1. 4.1 A length of filament attached to the end of a fishing line to carry the hook or fly.
      • ‘What you need is a fast sinking line with a leader of no more than two feet in length.’
      • ‘I carry a few nine foot leaders with a 6lb point which I use when fishing waters where there is a chance of hooking a barbel.’
      • ‘At this point it became dis-entangled with the leader and left us, the double line tantalizingly close.’
      • ‘If you find that tangling still occurs, shorten the leader length and slow the speed of the drop.’
      • ‘I have done a lot of testing with various ideas for attaching flies to leaders and the only safe and best way to do this is by using a good, well-tied knot.’
      • ‘I remember a few times, standing in awe after a savage take, cursing while I retrieved a flyless leader.’
      • ‘I use leaders between two and seven feet in length, made up of fifteen pound to twenty pound breaking strain mono and a foot of twenty pound wire.’
      • ‘By leaning forward and extending the low rod, you reduce stress on the leader and hook as the fish flails through the air.’
      • ‘It can also pay to make the weight or the leader visible with some highly-visible attachment when fishing at distance.’
      • ‘I stuck out the free rod for Belinda, and I carried on changing the leaders on the other two rods.’
      • ‘I then made up a four weight rod with a double taper line and attached a nine foot leader with a nail knot.’
      • ‘It is normally fished with a conventional length leader of about 9ft with a sinking line.’
      • ‘In fact it is usually better than anglers using light breaking strain monofilament leaders.’
      • ‘A useful tip is to insert another swivel about two feet up from the lure or hook to help prevent any tangles to the leader.’
      • ‘Avoid coiling the leaders too tightly, else they will resemble a clockspring when you come to use them.’
      • ‘The reason for not using knotted tapered leaders when fishing with very small flies is you will often get fish hitting the knots in mistake for a tiny insect.’
      • ‘If you are fishing into a wind, shorten up the leader to about 18 inches to avoid tangles.’
      • ‘Steel leaders serve no purpose but to spook panfish, and baubles and beads on a leader only worsen the situation.’
      • ‘I use knotless tapered leaders but after attaching a few flies I tie in some tippet material when needed.’
      • ‘Most times I use leaders of around nine feet in length but in very windy conditions I will cut my leader length back to 7 feet.’
  • 5A shoot of a plant at the apex of a stem or main branch.

    • ‘The tree's main stem or stems is called a leader, a continuation of the trunk.’
    • ‘A new leader cannot develop on plants that have been cut back too far.’
    • ‘Then she chooses which of the new shoots will be the leader, or main stem.’
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    A series of dots or dashes across the page to guide the eye, especially in tabulated material.