leading man


Definition of leading man

: an actor who plays the leading male role

Examples of leading man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Either way, Lupin lets Sy flex his spectrum of talents as our leading man. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Netflix’s French Heist Show Lupin Has A Very Hot — I Mean, Good — Reason For You To Watch," 12 Jan. 2021 No longer deemed worthy of leading man roles, Caine struggled to find work. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Remember ‘Pipe Dreams,’ the 1976 Alaska pipeline film starring soul legend Gladys Knight? You’re one of the few.," 11 Jan. 2021 Why not let understudies flex for the leading man every now and then—as Dumile did in the late two-thousands, when fake Dooms would perform at concerts in his stead? Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Wondrous Rhymes of MF Doom," 5 Jan. 2021 Up Besides Boseman, no leading man has risen higher in pundits’ estimations over the last month than Ahmed, who finished runner-up to the late Black Panther star at the L.A. Film Critics Association Awards. Nate Jones, Vulture, "Oscar Futures: Could the Globes Language Controversy Benefit Minari in the Long Run?," 1 Jan. 2021 Except this Heat team, with Jimmy Butler cast as the leading man, led the Heat to a 4-1 series win over the Bucks in last season’s Eastern Conference semifinals. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Are Heat approaching decision time with Moe Harkless?," 30 Dec. 2020 Fact is, The Family did take a huge risk surrounding its new leading man with B-movie linemen. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: 10 things from Cincinnati Bengals' loss to Washington Football Team," 24 Nov. 2020 And the show’s leading man has an ace up his sleeve to guarantee that the reunion will be extra special: an appearance from the original Aunt Vivian. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Will Smith Just Did The Impossible: Bring Janet Hubert Back To Fresh Prince," 13 Nov. 2020 But Hitchcock’s piercing assessment jibes with Eyman’s thesis that the legendary leading man was, even more than most Hollywood stars, a pure invention. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, "Cary Grant’s charm was legendary, but his best character was actually himself," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of leading man

1827, in the meaning defined above

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

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English Language Learners Definition of leading man

: an actor who plays the most important male role in a play or movie

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