leading man


: an actor who plays the leading male role

Examples of leading man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The leading men of Hollywood helped cement its status. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 16 Nov. 2023 Thanks to his on-screen talents, serious charisma and undeniable good looks, Dempsey shot to leading man status early on in his career. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2023 Patrick Swayze Thanks to Ghost, Patrick Swayze went from bad boy dancer (in Dirty Dancing) to Hollywood leading man. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 And under the radar is somewhere Adkins has thrived, a B-movie leading man who, in an age where CGI and stunt doubles have diminished the need for actors to actually pull off their own moves, does it all himself and proudly so. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Oct. 2023 And if similarly off-putting vibes permeate the leading men in all of these projects, the artistic results are wildly varied. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2023 Roundtree was a leading man from the very start of his lifetime in screen acting. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 24 Oct. 2023 In Killers, the Oscar-winning leading man plays Ernest Burkhart, who assisted in his uncle William King Hale’s conspiracy to acquire the Osage nation’s early-20th-century oil wealth — by any means necessary, including contract killing. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 24 Oct. 2023 How to Watch The Bachelor Without Cable Even though the release date for the upcoming Season 28 of The Bachelor hasn’t been announced, ABC has revealed that Joey Graziadei will be the next leading man once the franchise picks up again. John Lonsdale, Rolling Stone, 17 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leading man was in 1827

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“Leading man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leading%20man. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

leading man

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

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