the leader of a musical band, especially a dance band.

1890–95; band1 + leader Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Example sentences
Fast forward five years, and she has come into a bandleader role kicking and screaming.
He worked first as a bandleader, then became the operator of an athletic club, and later owned a nightclub.
He brought his influence to bear as a performer, songwriter, bandleader and producer.
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