\ ˈlēd How to pronounce lede (audio) \

Definition of lede

: 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 Bledsoe will be back, but George Hill’s fate is unclear, and the Bucks will have some big holes to fill. Burying the lede a bit: the big question is whether this summer was the time for the Bucks to be cheap (relatively speaking). Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Pacers Land Near-Perfect Fit With Malcolm Brogdon Trade," 30 June 2019 Mice seem to be appearing in headlines, ledes, and tweets at a higher rate. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Hyped-up science is a problem. One clever Twitter account is pushing back.," 15 June 2019 In the spirit of journalistic integrity, the lede shall not be buried: Webb Simpson won the Players Championship on Sunday. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Webb Simpson Won the Players Championship, but Tiger Stole the Show at TPC Sawgrass," 13 May 2018 No need to bury the lede here: Harry Styles will serve as co-chair for the 2019 Met Gala. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Is the Co-Chair of the Met Gala," 9 Oct. 2018 Deputy Managing Editor Yesha Callahan is gonna be mad at this short-ass lede, but today there’s no need to pussyfoot around. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Make the Mailbag Great Again," 15 June 2018 The Root’s deputy managing editor, Yesha Callahan, is not here to force me to write an extensive lede because last night, Very Smart Brothas and The Glow Up had their first joint event, Urban by Nature, in Los Angeles. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Let Wypipo Go," 30 Mar. 2018 The thing about feelings is, the anecdotal lede is all about inciting a feeling. Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, "Is Journalism a Form of Activism?," 25 Mar. 2018 And what is not to love about an essay about cheap Italian food that begins with a long lede about Gauguin? Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2017: Food Writing," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of lede

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lede

alteration of lead entry 2

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“Lede.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lede. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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