leading man

noun

Definition of leading man

: an actor who plays the leading male role

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s take on Hollywood’s leading menFey and Poehler should teach a class (or at least Gervais) on how to host awards shows that make your audience laugh while simultaneously poking fun at them. Vogue, "The Most Shocking Golden Globe Moments of All Time," 3 Jan. 2019 Yakuza’s first proper current-gen game is also a send-off for longtime leading man Kiryu. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 15 best video games of 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 Hollywood leading men such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Alexander Skarsgard, and Sean Penn attended the elegant soiree hosted by Dior, where Cotillard dazzled in the spotlight with a stunning metallic Dior dress. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Marion Cotillard Fêted by Dior," 12 Jan. 2010 Hallmark aficionados: Meet your new favorite leading men. Brandon Gray, Daniel Pandolph, and Daniel Thompson are the voices behind the hit podcast, Deck the Hallmark. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Why These Three Men Watch Every Single Hallmark Christmas Movie," 4 Nov. 2018 And speaking of deals, what’s with the leading man? John Anderson, WSJ, "‘White Boy Rick’ Review: Trafficking Drugs, Guns and Info," 13 Sep. 2018 Young was the first player in NCAA history to lead men's basketball in points and assists on the season with 27.4 points and 8.7 assists. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Hawks Select Luka Doncic, Trade Him to Mavericks Who Send Back Trae Young," 21 June 2018 Mike D’Antoni had started pushing the game toward the perimeter several years earlier as Phoenix’s head coach, but Curry gave the movement a leading man. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stephen Curry at 30: From baby-faced Warriors guard to basketball revolutionary and beyond," 8 Mar. 2018 There was no directing nom for Spielberg, and leading man Tom Hanks was left out in the cold. Gregg Kilday, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: Breaking Down the Pros and Cons of Each Best Picture Nominee," 29 Jan. 2018

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1827, in the meaning defined above

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leading man

noun

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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