English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'leader'

(noun) 
Definition
a person who rules, guides, or inspires others
the leader of the Conservative Party
Synonyms
principal
the principal of the company
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head
heads of government from more than 100 countries
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chief
The new leader is the deputy chief of the territory's defence force.
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boss (informal)
He cannot stand his boss.
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director
He is the director of the unit.
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manager
a retired bank manager
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chairperson
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captain
He is a former English cricket captain.
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chair
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governor
the governor of the province in the late 1970s
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commander
The commander and some of his men had been released.
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superior
my immediate superior
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ruler
He was an indecisive ruler.
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conductor
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controller
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counsellor
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supervisor
a full-time job as a supervisor at a factory
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superintendent
superintendent of the bank's East African branches
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big gun (informal)
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chieftain
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bigwig (informal)
a bigwig who heads the local parliament
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ringleader
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big shot (informal)
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overseer
Officials agreed to appoint a federal overseer to run the agency's daily business.
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big cheese (slang, old-fashioned)
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big noise (informal)
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big hitter (informal)
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torchbearer
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number one
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sherang (Australian, New Zealand)
I am in touch with the head sherang at both sites
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
the best or the most successful of its kind
the leader in the mass market cosmetics industry
Synonyms
front runner
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pioneer
one of the pioneers in embryology work
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leading light
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leading company
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trailblazer
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best-known company
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groundbreaker
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primary brand

Additional synonyms

in the sense of baas
Definition
a boss
The word `baas' is now regarded as an expression of servility.
Synonyms
bo (informal),
overlord,
in the sense of bigwig
Definition
an important person
a bigwig who heads the local parliament
Synonyms
important person,
heavyweight (informal),
big gun (informal),
celeb (informal),
big shot (informal),
nob (slang),
big cheese (old-fashioned, slang),
big noise (informal),
big hitter (informal),
heavy hitter (informal),
panjandrum,
V.I.P.
in the sense of boss
Definition
a person in charge of or employing others
He cannot stand his boss.
Synonyms
governor (informal),
gaffer (informal, British),
kingpin,
big cheese (old-fashioned, slang),
baas (South Africa, offensive),
numero uno (informal),
Mister Big (slang, US),
sherang (Australian, New Zealand)

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