leading lady

noun

Definition of leading lady

: an actress who plays the leading female role

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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 But even our favorite leading lady and future talk show host can slip up from time to time. Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Coach Kelly Clarkson Made a Big Mistake and Fans Are Calling Her Out for It," 9 Apr. 2019 Acting as Julieanne Porter’s conscious in the film, George Downes plays the vital role of making us not totally turn on our scheming leading lady. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "My Best Friend's Wedding," 14 Feb. 2019 The Crown‘s Matt Smith is breaking his silence after it was revealed that he was paid more than Claire Foy, the Netflix hit’s leading lady. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Matt Smith on Getting Paid More Than Claire Foy for The Crown: 'I Support Her Completely'," 23 Apr. 2018 Not only will the concerts feature Miranda (of course) but also a handful of the leading ladies in the industry, including Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, and the Pistol Annies. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This Is What Miranda Lambert's Cryptic Instagram Post Really Means," 6 Apr. 2019 Turns out the bag was a gift from Mimi Cuttrell, the celebrity stylist who dresses Priyanka and many other Hollywood leading ladies. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Is Priyanka Chopra’s Dog the Most Fashionable Pet in Hollywood?," 5 Feb. 2019 And like the leading ladies in Bella's IG post, more and more celebrities, including Halsey, Paris Jackson, and Lourdes Leon are publicly supporting the fact that there's no shame in the body hair game. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Posts Photos of Julia Roberts and Madonna Rocking Armpit Hair," 18 Nov. 2018 The leading lady in Dane Cook’s life is a much younger singer. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Dane Cook, 45, Dating 19-Year-Old Singer Kelsi Taylor," 26 Jan. 2018

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1860, in the meaning defined above

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leading lady

noun

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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