: the introductory section of a news story that is intended to entice the reader to read the full story

Examples of lede in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clyde Haberman had a clever lede in his obit: James Hoge, who was a blue-blooded editor and publisher of blue-collar newspapers in Chicago and New York for a quarter-century and then long guided a leading journal on international relations . . . Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 29 Sep. 2023 However, despite the dominant themes of enemies and bad reputation, the underlying lede is the secret romance evolving despite them. Sophie Flaxman, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 July 2023 If the function of a lede is to engage the reader, this article’s lede seemed to me remarkably effective. The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2021 Burying the lede a bit, the filmmakers don’t tell us, or remind us, till very late in the film that Washburn also established, developed and served as director of the Boston Museum of Science from 1939 to 1980 and that his wife, Barbara, was the first woman to climb Mount McKinley. John Anderson, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Really not the best lede, but the story’s good. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 2 June 2012 Talk about burying the lede! Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2023 What a lede! The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2022 Not to bury the lede — but that’s the story at Audeze. Tom Teicholz, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


alteration of lead entry 2

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lede was in 1947

Dictionary Entries Near lede

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“Lede.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lede. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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