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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Ringleader \Ring"lead'er\, noun

1. The leader of a circle of dancers; hence, the leader of a number of persons acting together; the leader of a herd of animals.

A primacy of order, such an one as the ringleader hath in a dance. --Barrow.

2. 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.

The ringleaders were apprehended, tried, fined, and imprisoned. --Macaulay.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

ringleader

noun

1: a person who leads (especially in illicit activities)


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