a guiding or directing head, as of an army, movement, or political group.
Music. a conductor or director, as of an orchestra, band, or chorus. the player at the head of the first violins in an orchestra, the principal cornetist in a band, or the principal soprano in a chorus, to whom any incidental solos are usually assigned.
a featured article of trade, especially one offered at a low price to attract customers. Compare loss leader.
Journalism. leading article (def 1). Also called leading article. British. the principal editorial in a newspaper.