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Usage statistics for the noun leader:

spoken English22.27%written English77.73% imaginative writing15.08%informational writing84.92%

Comparison of usage frequency between the noun leader and its most common antonym:


The word leader is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun leader

What does leader mean as a name of something?

Leader is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.

noun - plural: leaders

  1. a person who rules or guides or inspires others
  2. a featured article of merchandise sold at a loss in order to draw customers
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of leader: drawing card / loss leader
    • more generic word: feature = an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles

Alternative definition of the noun leader


  1. Any person or thing that leads or conducts.
  2. One who goes first.
  3. One having authority to direct.
  4. One who leads a political party or group of elected party members; sometimes used in titles.
  5. A person or thing that leads in a certain field in terms of excellence, success, etc.
  6. [music] A performer who leads a band, choir, or a section of an orchestra.
  7. The dominant animal in a pack of animals, such as wolves or lions.
  8. An animal placed in advance of others, especially on a team of horse, oxen, or dogs.
  9. [botany] A fast-growing terminal shoot of a woody plant.
  10. A pipe for conducting rain water from a roof to a cistern or to the ground.
  11. [UK] The first, or the principal, editorial article in a newspaper; a leading or main editorial article; a lead story.
  12. [fishing] 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.
  13. 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.
  14. [marketing] A loss leader or a popular product sold at a normal price.
  15. [printing] A type having a dot or short row of dots upon its face.
  16. [printing, in plural] 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.
  17. [fishing] A net for leading fish into a pound, weir, etc.
  18. [mining] A branch or small vein, not important in itself, but indicating the proximity of a better one.
  19. [nautical] A block of hard wood pierced with suitable holes for leading ropes in their proper places.
  20. [engineering] The drive wheel in any kind of machinery.

Specialised definition of the noun leader

Glossary of sports

person who exerts and commands more influence than the other group members and in a position of making decisions that influence their actions and feelings. (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

person who can effectively organize, control, and direct the work others. (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

act of exhibiting the highest level of skill in the group for the task at hand in a given situation (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)


  1. Leader is a town in southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada, located approximately 350 kilometres directly east of Calgary, Alberta and is near the border between Saskatchewan and Alberta. It has a population of 881 as of 2006.
  2. Leader a.k.a. Leader, Colorado: Leader is a populated place in Adams County, Colorado, United States.

Phrases with Leader

  1. Leader Sequence
  2. Ape Leader
  3. Chip Leader
  4. loss leader
  5. civic leader
  6. civil leader
  7. floor leader
  8. labor leader
  9. puppet leader
  10. strike leader
  11. Supreme leader
  12. business leader
  13. majority leader
  14. military leader
  15. minority leader
  16. national leader
  17. Squadron leader
  18. Destroyer leader
  19. political leader
  20. religious leader

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Leader

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Google previewThe Greatest Moment In Human History (2014)

An Inspiring Vision of Humans, Art, and Nature in an Age of Change by Maria Pinner Pinner

The leader is the person who plants trees when others are chopping them down. The leader is the person who cleans up the beach when others choose to litter. The leader is the person who chooses to buy the small car when others choose to ...

Google previewU.S. Army Weapons Systems 2009 (2008)

by Department of the Army

Leader is a sergeant • Smallest unit in Army organization • Size varies depending on type–Infantry (9 Soldiers), Armor (4 Soldiers), Engineer (10 Soldiers) • Three or four squads make up a platoon ...

Google previewNew Models for Population Protocols (2010)

by Othon Michail, Ioannis Chatzigiannakis, Paul G. Spirakis

A leader is a simple, tail, or head leader.

Google previewPick-me-up (1890)

A typographical leader is a line of dots, which looks like two to the fellow who has been out dining.

Google previewDemocratic Political Process (2009)

Cowley pointsout: 'A leader is an individual who is moving in a particular direction, and who succeeds in...

Truman emphasizes "A leader is a man who has ability to get other people to do what they ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to U.S. Government and Politics (2009)

by Franco Scardino

The minority leader is the highest ranking official of the minority party, while the majority leader is number two, after the Speaker, for the majority party. Each party also elects a whip, who works closely with the leaders to gather votes for ...

Google previewPublic Health Leadership (2014)

by Louis Rowitz, School of Public Health - University of Illinois Chicago Illinois Louis Rowitz

The leader is an original. The practitioner synthesizes. The leader develops. The practitioner focuses on programs...

The leader is an optimist. The practitioner is a reflective thinker. The leader is a systems thinker. The practitioner follows the ...

Google previewWhat Is a Leader? (2012)

Profiles in Leadership for the Modern Era by Liv Montgomery

Leadership is a choice, and being a good leader is a skill that anyone can learn. In this compelling book, you'll discover the common traits of exceptional leaders in the modern era.

Google previewLegacies of Hamilton County (2009)

High School Leaders Class of 2010 by Jim Wyant

Oftentimes a leader is the person who steps up when no one else will. Situations come up that need to be dealt with,

Google previewLeading and Realizing Your Career Goals (2013)

by Adesiji Rabiu

The Leadership Edmonton perspective is well articulated in the description of " leader" provided by the Action Studies Institute, which facilitates the program: A leader is an increasingly resourceful, resilient, and responsible person with ...

Google previewThe Aesthetics of the Oppressed (2006)

by Augusto Boal

Having established this preliminary systematisation of leaders, we can say that an ideological leader is a person who...

Google previewBattle Bridges (2004)

by John B. Wong

The squad leader is the unit commander who "commands" the most men at any given time. If the squad is...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the U.S. Congress (2011)

by Scot Schraufnagel

as majority leader of the Senate was noted for making the most of these strategic agreements.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Australia (2014)

by Norman Abjorensen, James C. Docherty

in 1963 after observing the then leader and deputy leader of the ALP waiting outside a closed meeting room while the 36 members of the party's national executive (six from each ...

Google previewDictionary of Corporate Social Responsibility (2015)

CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance by Samuel O. Idowu, Nicholas Capaldi, Matthias S. Fifka, Liangrong Zu, René Schmidpeter

In other words it is the willingness of people to follow that makes a person a leader” [1]. Leadership arises in three ways: by appointment to a position of authority where authority is legitimised and reinforced by organisational rules; by election, ...

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Quotes about Leader

The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, 'We did it ourselves.' (Lao Tzu)
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Scrabble value of L1E1A1D2E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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