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[cheer-lee-der] /ˈtʃɪərˌli dər/
a person who leads spectators in traditional or formal cheering, especially at a pep rally or athletic event.
Origin of cheerleader
1900-05, Americanism; cheer + leader Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cheerleader
  • Knockout color, simple bold shape, and stems as strong as a cheerleader's legs.
  • But of course you are a blind patriot who is a cheerleader for your country's criminal and genocidal policies.
  • Far be it from me to be the perky cheerleader who rallies the team during a less-than-stellar season.
  • But for a general election, a candidate must be more than a political cheerleader for a particular ideology.
  • Gage is neither a cheerleader for the industry nor an outspoken critic.
  • My goal is to encourage her to make art and all that, but my mom and dad were head cheerleader and captain of the football team.
  • We were joined at points by the radical cheerleader bloc.
  • He was a good student, active in student government, a cheerleader who was elected prom king.
  • Your job is to be a fall guy, but also a cheerleader and protector.
  • It is not teaching at college level, you have to be coach counselor cheerleader educator actor.
British Dictionary definitions for cheerleader


a person who leads a crowd in formal cheers, esp at sports events
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cheerleader

also cheer-leader, 1900, American English, from cheer (n.) + leader. Cheerleading is attested from 1906.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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