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[ring-lee-der] /ˈrɪŋˌli dər/
a person who leads others, especially in opposition to authority, law, etc.:
a ringleader of revolutionary activities.
Origin of ringleader
1495-1505; ring1 + leader Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for ringleader
  • Sixty-four people were sentenced in the scheme, and the ringleader was sent to prison.
  • The dean of the college from which the prank was launched sent the ringleader a case of champagne.
  • All signs point to him as the ringleader among the five.
  • He seems to have been the center of gravity, the dour and meticulous ringleader.
  • He is a self-employed job placement recruiter, and the alleged ringleader.
British Dictionary definitions for ringleader


a person who leads others in any kind of unlawful or mischievous activity
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Word Origin and History for ringleader

c.1500, from Middle English phrase to lead the ring (mid-14c.), probably from a medieval metaphor from dancing. See ring (n.1) + lead (v.1).

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