leading man


Definition of leading man

: an actor who plays the leading male role

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Those who joined the leading man were an equally distinguished crowd including Alina Cho, Angela Bassett, and Wendi Murdoch. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Henry Golding Hosts a Secret Screening of Crazy Rich Asians," 24 July 2018 And a collection of Liverpool fans have urged the Reds to sign Juventus' leading man Mario Mandzukic this summer following his dominant performance against Real Madrid on Wednesday. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans Urge Club to Sign 'Ideal' Striker After Champions League Performances," 12 Apr. 2018 Shania plays Becca, the love interest of leading man, Sam (a rugged, bearded John). Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Shania Twain Is Starring in a New Movie With John Travolta," 23 Jan. 2019 Like, take a gigantic sledgehammer to the leading man and to all the seriousness. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Jim Carrey says he wanted to 'destroy' Hollywood, explains his disappearance from spotlight," 16 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of leading man

1827, in the meaning defined above

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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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