\ 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 The Turbo S — 620 hp and 604 pound-feet of torque, not to bury the lede — is one of four new blades in the Panamera’s sheath for the 2021 model year. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Porsche Panamera Turbo S can hit 196 mph with stunning, immediate power," 23 Sep. 2020 The lede teases what’s to come with the perfect blend of structural simplicity and thematic nuance. Dallas News, "Student journalists win Dallas Morning News contest for covering tornadoes, homecoming, vaping and more," 20 Apr. 2020 There was no rifling left for roughly an inch ahead of the lede. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Is Your Rifle Barrel Shot Out?," 20 Feb. 2020 Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand doesn’t bury the lede in her latest documentary, exploring why 739 mostly black, elderly, and poor Chicagoans died during the course of one week in the summer of 1995. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Midwest college gift shop removes display of dolls of Black leaders that were hanging from a tree," 5 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of lede

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lede

alteration of lead entry 2

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“Lede.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lede. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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