leading lady


Definition of leading lady

: an actress who plays the leading female role

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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 The Favourite leading lady not only took home the award in her category, but decidedly gave one of the funniest, most authentic speeches of the night. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Most Awkward Moments From the 2019 Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 Kicking off Oscars weekend, Vanity Fair's editor in chief Radhika Jones, filmmaker Ava DuVernay and actress (and Lancôme-ambassador among other things) Zendaya gathered Hollywood’s leading ladies to celebrate Women In Hollywood last night. Catherine Scott, Vogue, "Girls on Film: Vanity Fair and Lancôme Toast Women in Hollywood Ahead of the Oscars," 22 Feb. 2019 So with the holiday break on the horizon, and no time like the present to turn up the wattage above the neck, what better time to binge on classics with leading ladies that shimmered and sparkled with unapologetic vanity? Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Best Old Hollywood Movies to Inspire a Legendary Holiday Beauty Look," 15 Dec. 2018 View this post on Instagram Proud and excited to be witnessing #herstory alongside these leading ladies as more women have won seats in the US House of Representatives than ever before. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez and Their Children Definitely Win the Cutest Thanksgiving Family Award," 23 Nov. 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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