\ 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 From the lede, which introduced a compelling subject who refused to be interviewed, to the graphics that helped readers keep up with the many characters, the stories connected all the dots. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2022 People know how to write a lede in a certain kind of way. Clare Malone, The New Yorker, 18 Feb. 2022 Save the ever-present rumble of the train, Fuller’s lede plays out as a wordless dance of the Big City. Mark Jacobson, Vulture, 11 Dec. 2021 One of them was a woman in Seattle, who ended up in my lede. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 27 Oct. 2021 Screenshots of Wolken’s headline and lede are commonplace on his social media feeds. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 29 Sep. 2021 Most writers are intimately familiar with the near-impossible task of writing a compelling lede — the first few lines of a story designed to hook the reader and draw them in. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 29 June 2021 Don’t undersell yourself with a generic social lede. Tyler Hayes, Wired, 9 June 2021 Representatives for those mentioned would doubtless argue that some cherry-picking went into that news lede. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 8 June 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

12 May 2022

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“Lede.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lede. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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