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See also: fuhrer, fuehrer, Fuhrer, and führer


English Wikipedia has an article on:
Adolf Hitler - Führer of Germany from 1934 until 1945.


Borrowed from German Führer.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfjʊəɹə/
  • (file)



Führer (plural Führers or Führer)

  1. A leader, especially one exercising the powers of a tyrant
  2. (historical, definite) Adolf Hitler when he was the chancellor of Nazi Germany


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From Middle High German füerære, vüerære, füerer, vüerer, from Old High German fôrari, equivalent to führen (to lead) +‎ -er. Cognate with Yiddish פֿירער(firer), Cimbrian büurar, Swedish förare.



Führer m (genitive Führers, plural Führer, female Führerin)

  1. agent noun of führen
    1. guide; a person who assists people by providing information, giving directions, etc.
    2. guidebook; a text which provides information about a topic
    3. leader; someone who is ahead of others
    4. leader; someone who determines the actions of a group
    5. director, manager, commander; a person in charge of something or someone (chiefly in compounds)
      Geschäftsführerchief executive officer
      Zugführer – leading conductor (on a train); platoon leader (in the armed forces)
    6. (formal) driver, pilot; someone who operates a vehicle of some sort (chiefly in compounds)
      Führerschein. – driver's license.
    7. (music) fugue theme; a melody in the form it appears in first in a fugue

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  • Führer und Reichskanzler was the official title of Adolf Hitler after the merger of the positions of Reichspräsident (president) and Reichskanzler (chancellor) in 1934. Hitler was subsequently known as der Führer in both official and common usage.
  • The word is now often replaced with other terms (such as Anführer or Leiter) when referring to a guide or leader and not used in a compound. Führer is still a perfectly acceptable word, however.


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Führer m (plural Führer or Führers)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of führer