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[cheer-lee-der] /ˈtʃɪərˌli dər/

a person who leads spectators in traditional or formal , especially at a pep rally or athletic event.
a person who leads a crowd in formal cheers, esp at sports events

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


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