leading lady

noun

Definition of leading lady

: an actress who plays the leading female role

Examples of leading lady in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Luckily, the leading ladies here are giddily game to banter, bloodlet, and at one point make gruesome use of a weed-whacker. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) via VOD and Netflix this weekend," 10 Apr. 2020 After presiding over the city’s cultural life for half a century, Portland’s leading lady of philanthropy has died. oregonlive, "Arlene Schnitzer, leading lady of Portland philanthropy, dies at 91," 5 Apr. 2020 Alex was the very last OG new resident save for leading lady Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), to remain on the ABC medical drama. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Is Grey’s Anatomy Setting Up A Cristina Yang Return?," 20 Mar. 2020 Only two seasons of ABC’s popular reality dating show have cast leading ladies in their 30s (30 and 32). Lisa Bonos, Washington Post, "‘The Bachelorette’ casts Clare Crawley, 38, the show’s oldest star, reflecting a shift in the way we date now," 2 Mar. 2020 An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Don’t expect Gwyneth Paltrow to make her return as leading lady anytime soon. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Gwyneth Paltrow Says She Lost the Acting Bug After Having Daughter Apple: 'I Burned Myself Out'," 8 Jan. 2020 But Phillips did reveal that his wife and one-time Cincy Shakes leading lady, Corinne Mohlenhoff, will play the ghost of Lady Diana. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Cincy Shakes is mad as hell, and it's not gonna take this anymore," 4 Mar. 2020 After Moss was secured, Whannell leaned on his leading lady to authenticate the female perspective. cleveland, "How Elisabeth Moss helped Leigh Whannell turn ‘The Invisible Man’ into a survivor’s story," 25 Feb. 2020 When Elordi dated Joey King, his Kissing Booth leading lady, the two were under an intense microscope from fans who saw them as the real-life versions of their Netflix movie characters Noah and Elle. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Dating Or Not, The World’s Decided To Ship Zendaya & Jacob Elordi," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of leading lady

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Leading lady.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leading%20lady. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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