leading lady


: an actress who plays the leading female role

Examples of leading lady in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In first-time leading lady Meninet Abraha Teferi, Espinosa has found a ferocious raw talent with piercing eyes and a powerful screen presence. Peter Debruge, Variety, 3 Feb. 2024 Rivera’s rise, as a non-white leading lady charged with carrying a show and filling seats, was improbable to say the least. Vogue, 30 Jan. 2024 For his part, Affleck, 51, was dapper as ever in a classic tuxedo, letting his leading lady take center stage. Brittany Talarico, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 At the center of it all are Barbie’s leading ladies Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, who were left out of the best director and best actress races, respectively. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2024 But, why would one of Hollywood’s leading ladies leave her estate to The St. John’s sisters? Lynnette Nicholas, Essence, 22 Jan. 2024 If this is a precursor to the Dune 2 promo tour, Timothée Chalamet will have to commission a lot of halter-necks and harnesses to keep up with his leading lady. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 22 Jan. 2024 Selena Gomez's Best Outfits: Her Most Iconic Looks Yet For his part Blanco was ever the supportive plus-one, wearing a more laid back look so his leading lady could have her moment. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2024 The award honors the silver screen’s leading ladies who advocate for gender equality and portray authentic, boundary-pushing characters. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leading lady was in 1860

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“Leading lady.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leading%20lady. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

leading lady

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

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