main man


Definition of main man

1 : best male friend
2 : a man whose character or work is most admired
3 : most significant or important person also : chief sense 2

Examples of main man in a Sentence

He's still her main man. The team has many good players, but he is clearly the main man.
Recent Examples on the Web The song became Redding’s first single and hit and helped establish The Big O as Stax’s main man until his tragic passing in a plane crash in 1967. USA Today, "Five essential Stax Records recordings, including Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes," 23 Feb. 2021 Bravo’s main man bids adieu to what may have been the twenty-twentiest 2020 ever. New York Times, "Andy Cohen Had a Year," 30 Dec. 2020 But the main man in the Nativity scene nearest you (since Jesus there is but a baby, albeit Divine). Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Saint Joseph, Man of the Year," 21 Dec. 2020 Then there’s D’Antoni’s main man, James Harden, who has often looked fatigued during the playoff grind. Bruce Jenkins,, "Beyond the kneeling: NBA voices matter most," 5 June 2020 The mass cancellations place the onus on the main men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments, which remain scheduled to begin on March 17. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Pac-12, other college basketball tournaments canceled amid coronavirus concerns," 12 Mar. 2020 One mystery remains at the end, though: Was Adrian really the main man in the suit and the mastermind of everything that happened to Cecilia? Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Spoilers! Elisabeth Moss discusses that 'absolutely' cathartic 'Invisible Man' ending," 29 Feb. 2020 During their dynastic ride of five consecutive NBA Finals trips, the Warriors’ three main men played more than a regular season’s worth of playoff games. Rusty Simmons,, "Refreshed LeBron James shows what could come next season for Warriors," 27 Feb. 2020 Brazil were knocked out in the quarter-finals to Nigeria in 2015, but Militao was hugely impressive throughout the tournament, and went on to become the main man at Sao Paolo., "Creating a Starting XI of Recent Players Who Burst Onto the Scene During the U-17 World Cup," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of main man

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Main man.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of main man

US, informal
: someone's best male friend
: the most important or admired man in a group

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