Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a featured article of merchandise sold at a loss in order to draw customers
  2. (noun, person) a person who rules or guides or inspires others

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Synonyms of Leader

drawing card, loss leader

Antonyms of Leader


Origin of the word Leader

  1. O.E. l?dere "one who leads," from l?dan (see lead (v.)). As a title for the head of an authoritarian state, from 1918 (translating f?hrer, Duce, caudillo, etc.). Meaning "writing or statement meant to begin a discussion or debate" is late 13c.; in modern use often short for leading article (1807) "opinion piece in a British newspaper" (… more

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