ringleader

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈrɪŋliːdər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈrɪŋˌlidɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ringlē′dər)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ring•lead•er /ˈrɪŋˌlidɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. one who leads others, esp. in unlawful or rebellious activities.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ring•lead•er  (ringlē′dər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person who leads others, esp. in opposition to authority, law, etc.:a ringleader of revolutionary activities.
  • ring1 + leader 1495–1505

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
ringleader /ˈrɪŋˌliːdə/ n
  1. a person who leads others in any kind of unlawful or mischievous activity
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