leading lady


Definition of leading lady

: an actress who plays the leading female role

Examples of leading lady in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Pose and American Horror Story actress is set to make her debut on the Great White Way this September, as leading lady Roxie Hart in Chicago for an eight-week engagement, according to the show's official social media. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 From exec producers Joanna Johnson, Christine Sacani, Greg Gugliotta, Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medina, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Cierra Ramirez, the drama this year weathered the departure of leading lady Maia Mitchell and co-star Beau Mirchoff. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Aug. 2022 Evan podcast, the Legally Blonde alum, 50, commented on an alternate ending to the 2001 comedy in which her character Vivian Kensington ends up with Reese Witherspoon's leading lady Elle Woods. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 21 July 2022 This Is Us, which just recently came to a close in May, went practically unrecognized save for a nomination in the original music and lyrics category, and leading lady Mandy Moore got very honest about her thoughts on the snub. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 12 July 2022 Meanwhile, at the theater, the leading lady quits and the production brings in Laurent’s ex-fiancée as the replacement. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 16 May 2022 So did leading lady Cybill Shepherd, who had previously been romantically attached to film historian and director Peter Bogdanovich, who reportedly showed her a movie every night. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 8 Apr. 2022 Sandra Bullock reminded us all of her leading lady status at the premiere of The Lost City in Los Angeles on Monday, March 21. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 22 Mar. 2022 Agyeman, who has been the leading lady of the medical drama since its 2018 start, announced her departure from the series in a post on Instagram Wednesday. Bellamy Richardson, PEOPLE.com, 21 July 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'leading lady.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of leading lady

1860, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About leading lady

Time Traveler for leading lady

Time Traveler

The first known use of leading lady was in 1860

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near leading lady

leading indicator

leading lady

leading light

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for leading lady

Last Updated

12 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Leading lady.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leading%20lady. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on leading lady

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for leading lady


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!