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 Lyn’s not-so-secret weapon is his leading lady, Toni Collette. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 This is far from the first time Hugh has gushed about his leading lady. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, 14 Apr. 2021 Falcone says his leading lady (and real-life wife) did all of the sequence's complex stunts, practical maneuvers, and high-flying wire work herself after prolific dancer Zachary Woodlee (Glee) mapped out her steps. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 10 Apr. 2021 Sylvester Stallone plays this cop who gets assigned to protect the leading lady. A.j. Baime, WSJ, 8 May 2021 At this stage, no casting announcements for Audrey have been made yet, but the search for the leading lady will surely be a big one. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Apr. 2021 Their chemistry on Netflix's Grace and Frankie is electric, and Lily credits it to her real-life friendship with the show's other leading lady, none other than 2021's Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille award recipient Jane Fonda. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 1 Mar. 2021 But her time has come to finally step into the spotlight as leading lady in the fiercely funny Golden Arm. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 4 May 2021 Mother’s Day is around the corner and luckily, there’s still enough time to order a gift for the leading lady in your life. Nandi Howard, Essence, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of leading lady

1860, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2021

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“Leading lady.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leading%20lady. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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