a. One who leads the cheering of spectators, as at a sports contest.
b. A member of a group that performs coordinated routines typically combining gymnastic and dance maneuvers, originally including rhythmic chants to encourage spectators to cheer at an athletic event, but often in competition with similar groups.
2. One who expresses praise for or promotes something enthusiastically.
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