leading lady


Definition of leading lady

: an actress who plays the leading female role

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Though the show is wrapping up forever, Jessica Jones Season 3 still found time to introduce a new love interest for our leading lady, Jessica. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Jessica Jones' New Season 3 Guy, Erik, Comes With Shady Comic Book History," 15 June 2019 Reese Witherspoon is definitely one of our favorite leading ladies. Megan Stein, Country Living, "How Tall Is Reese Witherspoon? The Actress on How Her Height Has Affected Her Career," 9 June 2019 Ahead of the second season premiere, EW takes a look back at where all the leading ladies left off. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Everything to remember about Big Little Lies before the season 2 premiere," 8 June 2019 To me being a leading lady or a boss means being somebody that people want to follow. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Niecy Nash Talks Beauty And Being A Boss As Season 3 Of 'Claws' Premieres," 7 June 2019 Even as the real-life drama of leading lady and controversial choreographer Abby Lee Miller unfolds in the media, the show is attempting to return to its former dance championship-level glory. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Everything We Know About ‘Dance Moms’ Season 8 So Far," 8 May 2019 The leading ladies and Hoult were also joined by another co-star, Joe Alwyn, on the red carpet. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "The Cast of The Favourite Has Arrived at the 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 That's what's really important, because not everybody can be the leading lady. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Every Wall of This Upper East Side Apartment Is Interesting," 12 Feb. 2019 Kirk Douglas is still recognized as a movie icon who has starred alongside some of the most beautiful leading ladies of Hollywood’s golden era. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Michael Douglas admits it wasn't always easy having Kirk Douglas for a father: 'People think it's a silver spoon'," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of leading lady

1860, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of leading lady

: an actress who plays the most important female role in a play or movie

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