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See also: fuhrer, fuehrer, Fuhrer, and führer


Adolf Hitler - Führer of Germany from 1934 until 1945.

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Borrowed from German Führer, modelled after Italian Duce.



Führer (plural Führers or Führer)

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


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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. In the historical sense probably a calque of Italian Duce.



Führer m (strong, genitive Führers, plural Führer, feminine Führerin)

  1. guide (person who assists people by providing information, giving directions, etc.)
  2. guidebook (text which provides information about a topic)
  3. leader (someone who is ahead of others)
    Marktführermarket leader
  4. leader (someone who determines the actions of a group)
  5. (chiefly in compounds) director, manager, commander (person in charge of something or someone)
    Geschäftsführerchief executive officer
    Zugführerleading conductor (on a train); platoon leader
  6. (formal, chiefly in compounds) driver, pilot (someone who operates a vehicle of some sort)
    Führerscheindriver's license
  7. (music) fugue theme (melody in the form it appears in first in a fugue)
  8. (historical, Nazism) Führer (Adolf Hitler when he was the chancellor of Nazi Germany)

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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
    • 1982, J. Marcos Bach, Uma nova moral?: o fim do sistema tradicional, Vozes, page 150:
      É entre esse tipo de anormal que os ayatollás e Führers encontram os carrascos que necessitam.
      It is among this kind of abnormal that Ayatollahs and Führers find the henchmen they need.
    • 1988, Guida Fonseca, Diálogo do vento e do mar, Câmara Municipal de Sintra, page 37:
      Por causa dela ajoelham diante de Führers e papas.
      Because of it, [people] kneel before Führers and popes.
    • 2017, Luiz Bernardo Pericás (quoting Octavio Thyrso), Caio Prado Júnior: uma biografia política, Boitempo Editorial, page 1661:
      o destino do mundo e de todos os países voltará a ser conduzido pela vontade popular, e não por oligarquias ou grupos arvorados em Führers, Duces ou Chefes [...]
      the fate of the world and of all countries will once more be driven by the will of the people, and not by oligarchies nor groups perched on Führers, Duces or Chieftains [...]