What does Leader mean?

Definitions for Leader
ˈli dərlead·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Leader.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. leadernoun

    a person who rules or guides or inspires others

  2. drawing card, loss leader, leadernoun

    a featured article of merchandise sold at a loss in order to draw customers


  1. leadernoun

    Any person or thing that leads or conducts.

  2. leadernoun

    One who goes first.

    Follow the leader.

  3. leadernoun

    One having authority to direct.

    We elected her team leader.

  4. leadernoun

    One who leads a political party or group of elected party members; sometimes used in titles.

  5. leadernoun

    A person or thing that leads in a certain field in terms of excellence, success, etc.

    The company is the leader in home remodeling in the county.

  6. leadernoun

    A performer who leads a band, choir, or a section of an orchestra.

  7. leadernoun

    The first violin in a symphony orchestra; the concertmaster.

  8. leadernoun

    The dominant animal in a pack of animals, such as wolves or lions.

  9. leadernoun

    An animal placed in advance of others, especially on a team of horse, oxen, or dogs.

  10. leadernoun

    A fast-growing terminal shoot of a woody plant.

  11. leadernoun

    A pipe for conducting rain water from a roof to a cistern or to the ground.

  12. leadernoun

    The first, or the principal, editorial article in a newspaper; a leading or main editorial article; a lead story.

  13. leadernoun

    A section of line between the main fishing line and the snell of a hook, intended to be more resistant to bites and harder for a fish to detect than the main fishing line.

  14. leadernoun

    A piece of material at the beginning or end of a reel or roll to allow the material to the threaded or fed onto something, as a reel of film onto a projector or a roll of paper onto a rotary printing press.

  15. leadernoun

    A loss leader or a popular product sold at a normal price.

  16. leadernoun

    A type having a dot or short row of dots upon its face.

  17. leadernoun

    A row of dots, periods, or hyphens, used in tables of contents, etc., to lead the eye across a space to the right word or number.

  18. leadernoun

    A net for leading fish into a pound, weir, etc.

  19. leadernoun

    A branch or small vein, not important in itself, but indicating the proximity of a better one.

  20. leadernoun

    A block of hard wood pierced with suitable holes for leading ropes in their proper places.

  21. leadernoun

    The drive wheel in any kind of machinery.

  22. Etymology: From leder, ledere, from lædere, equivalent to. Cognate with ledar, leidar, lieder, leider, Leiter, leder, ledare, leiðari.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Leadernoun

    Etymology: from lead.

    In my tent
    I’ll draw the form and model of our battle,
    Limit each leader to his several charge,
    And part in just proportion our small strength. William Shakespeare.

    I have given him for a leader and commander to the people. Isa. lv. 4.

    Those who escaped by flight excused their dishonour, not without a sharp jest against some of their leaders, affirming, that, as they had followed them into the field, so it was good reason they should follow them out. John Hayward.

    When our Lycians see
    Our brave examples, they admiring say,
    Behold our gallant leaders. John Denham.

    The brave leader of the Lycian crew. Dryden.

    Nay keep your way, little gallant; you were wont to be a follower now you are a leader. William Shakespeare.

    The understandings of a senate are enslaved by three or four leaders, set to get or to keep employments. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Leader

    Leadership, both as a research area and as a practical skill, encompasses the ability of an individual, group or organization to "lead", influence or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations. The word "leadership" often gets viewed as a contested term. Specialist literature debates various viewpoints on the concept, sometimes contrasting Eastern and Western approaches to leadership, and also (within the West) North American versus European approaches. U.S. academic environments define leadership as "a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common and ethical task". Basically, leadership can be defined as an influential power-relationship in which the power of one party (the "leader") promotes movement/change in others (the "followers"). Some have challenged the more traditional managerial views of leadership (which portray leadership as something possessed or owned by one individual due to their role or authority), and instead advocate the complex nature of leadership which is found at all levels of institutions, both within formal and informal roles.Studies of leadership have produced theories involving (for example) traits, situational interaction, function, behavior, power, vision and values, charisma, and intelligence, among others.


  1. leader

    A leader is an individual who possesses the ability to influence and inspire others towards achieving a common goal or objective. They have the capacity to guide, motivate, and empower individuals or a group to work collaboratively towards a desired outcome while demonstrating strong communication, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. Leaders often exhibit traits such as integrity, confidence, vision, and a strong sense of responsibility, serving as a role model for their followers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leadernoun

    one who, or that which, leads or conducts; a guide; a conductor

  2. Leadernoun

    one who goes first

  3. Leadernoun

    one having authority to direct; a chief; a commander

  4. Leadernoun

    a performer who leads a band or choir in music; also, in an orchestra, the principal violinist; the one who plays at the head of the first violins

  5. Leadernoun

    a block of hard wood pierced with suitable holes for leading ropes in their proper places

  6. Leadernoun

    the principal wheel in any kind of machinery

  7. Leadernoun

    a horse placed in advance of others; one of the forward pair of horses

  8. Leadernoun

    a pipe for conducting rain water from a roof to a cistern or to the ground; a conductor

  9. Leadernoun

    a net for leading fish into a pound, weir, etc. ; also, a line of gut, to which the snell of a fly hook is attached

  10. Leadernoun

    a branch or small vein, not important in itself, but indicating the proximity of a better one

  11. Leadernoun

    the first, or the principal, editorial article in a newspaper; a leading or main editorial article

  12. Leadernoun

    a type having a dot or short row of dots upon its face

  13. Leadernoun

    a row of dots, periods, or hyphens, used in tables of contents, etc., to lead the eye across a space to the right word or number


  1. Leader

    The Leader is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. In 2009, The Leader was ranked as IGN's 63rd Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. Actor Tim Blake Nelson portrays Dr. Samuel Sterns in the 2008 superhero film, The Incredible Hulk.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. leader

    A chief. Also, the conducting ship, boat, or man in an enterprise. Also, the guide in firing rockets.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. leader

    A chief, a commander; a captain. Also the directing musician of a band.

Editors Contribution

  1. leader

    A person with the accurate and specific ability, experience, knowledge, skills, integrity, honesty, tools, technology and passion to unite people and create a sense and culture of unity, teamwork and accurate improvement for the optimum health, human rights, well-being and shared prosperity of every person.

    The leader was exemplary in her behavior and always led by example.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Leader is ranked #9563 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Leader surname appeared 3,399 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Leader.

    85.8% or 2,918 total occurrences were White.
    6.1% or 209 total occurrences were Black.
    3% or 103 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 75 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 57 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1% or 37 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Leader' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1076

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Leader' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1818

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Leader' in Nouns Frequency: #232

Anagrams for Leader »

  1. redeal

  2. dealer

  3. relead

  4. relade

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Leader in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Leader in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Leader in a Sentence

  1. President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday:

    Of course, the Saudi government, in order to cover up its crime of beheading a religious leader has resorted to a strange measure and has severed its ties with the Islamic Republic.

  2. Chen Shui-bian:

    We should have a different start, she (Tsai) is a leader who is willing to create more goodwill between the two sides, for the sake of Taiwan.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    Well, in fact the American people did decide -- back in 2012 when they elected me president of the United States with sufficient electoral votes, i think (Garland) had a pretty good sense of the posture that Majority Leader McConnell took immediately after Justice Scalia's passing.

  4. The Prime Minister:

    Democracy is dead. It is dead because an elected leader chooses to subvert the institutions of government and make them his instruments for sustaining himself.

  5. Sidney Crosby:

    Experience helps you understand what works and what doesn’t. And (personally), I think it has more to do with just wanting to continue to learn on and off the ice. … Whether it’s, you know, skills on the ice or trying to learn how to be a better teammate, better leader, better friend, you name it.

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    A contiguous
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