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cheerleader

[cheer-lee-der] /ˈtʃɪərˌli dər/
noun
1.
a person who leads spectators in traditional or formal cheering, especially at a pep rally or athletic event.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism; cheer + leader
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British Dictionary definitions for cheer leader

cheerleader

/ˈtʃɪəˌliːdə/
noun
1.
a person who leads a crowd in formal cheers, esp at sports events
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Word Origin and History for cheer leader

cheerleader

n.

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

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