Definition of lede
: the introductory section of a news story that is intended to entice the reader to read the full story
Recent Examples of lede from the Web
The lede of this story has been corrected to say the man has been charged.
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Origin and Etymology of lede
alteration of 2lead
First Known Use: 1951
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