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See also: fuhrer, fuehrer, Fuhrer, and führer


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Borrowed from German Führer.

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Führer (plural Führers or Führer)

  1. A leader, especially one exercising the powers of a tyrant
  2. (historical) 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. Derived from the verb führen (to lead) + -er (agent suffix). Compare Swedish förare.


  • IPA(key): /ˈfyːrər/
  • (Standard, Germany) IPA(key): [ˈfyːʁɐ]
  • (Swiss) IPA(key): [ˈfyːrər], [ˈfiːrər] (Standard, Basel)
  • (file)


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

  1. agent noun of führen
    1. leader; someone who determines the actions of a group
    2. guide; a person who gives directions or provides help to navigate unknown terrain (especially in compounds)
    3. guide; a person who provides information about any topic
    4. guidebook; a text which provides information about a topic
    5. director, manager, commander; a person in charge of something or someone (especially 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 mode of transport (any kind that is not shoes or skating equipment of some sort)
      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 often replaced with other terms (such as Anführer or Leiter) when referring to a leader and not used in a compound. However, Führer is still a perfectly acceptable word (see examples above).


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Führer m (plural Führer or Führers)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of führer