Definition of führer in English:


(also fuehrer)


  • A ruthless, tyrannical leader.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is the country's principal elected magistrate, not its fuehrer.’
    • ‘Cultic reverence was demanded for the supreme leader, führer or vozhd, who sent commands down through a smoothly functioning hierarchy.’
    • ‘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.’


Mid 20th century: from German Führer leader part of the title Führer und Reichskanzler Leader and Chancellor of the Empire assumed in 1934 by Adolf Hitler, Adolf.