- a person who leads others in any kind of unlawful or mischievous activity
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ring•lead•er /ˈrɪŋˌlidɚ/USA pronunciation n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- one who leads others, esp. in unlawful or rebellious activities.
ring•lead•er (ring′lē′dər),USA pronunciation n.
- a person who leads others, esp. in opposition to authority, law, etc.:a ringleader of revolutionary activities.
- ring1 + leader 1495–1505
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ringleader /ˈrɪŋˌliːdə/ n
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