leading light

noun

Definition of leading light

: a prominent and influential member (as of a community or church)

Examples of leading light in a Sentence

He is one of the leading lights of the labor movement.
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First Known Use of leading light

1655, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leading light was in 1655

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Last Updated

20 Jul 2022

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“Leading light.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leading%20light. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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