Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person who leads others, especially in illicit or informal activities.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who leads a ring, as of dancers; one who opens a ball.
  • noun Hence The leader or chief in any enterprise; particularly, one who leads and incites others to the violation of the law or the recognized rules of society: as, the ringleader in a riot or a mutiny.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The leader of a circle of dancers; hence, the leader of a number of persons acting together; the leader of a herd of animals.
  • noun Opprobriously, a leader of a body of men engaged in the violation of law or in an illegal enterprise, as rioters, mutineers, or the like.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a leader of a group of people, especially an unofficial group
  • noun a person who starts and leads a disturbance (such as a riot), a conspiracy, or a criminal gang

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who leads (especially in illicit activities)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

ring +‎ leader

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.