lede

noun
\ˈlēd \

Definition of lede 

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

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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 Right-wing outlets spurted out stories with headlines and story ledes that were sure to inflame the growing anti-CNN faction of the American electorate. Nick Bilton, The Hive, "Reza Aslan Describes His Gory, Trump-Fueled Divorce from CNN," 1 Dec. 2017 From lede to kicker, this story will break your heart. Danielle Tcholakian, Longreads, "Anxiety, Betrayal, and Limbo: A DACA Reading List," 12 Sep. 2017 In a 1985 review of Pictures from the Water Trade: An Englishman in Japan by John David Morley for the LRB, Ishiguro wrote a lede paragraph which has been quoted by them today. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "What’s So “Inscrutable” About Kazuo Ishiguro?," 5 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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