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 Adams Family The Packers don’t hide the fact that Davante Adams is the main man in their pass offense — and whoever the No. John Holler, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NFL Prop Bet Payday: Championship Game Edition," 17 Jan. 2020 Alexis Sanchez - back in his Arsenal days - was the main man on this occasion., "Manchester United vs Arsenal: 8 Classic Clashes Ahead of Monday's Premier League Game," 28 Sep. 2019 Mixon the main man: Mixon's effort for 146 yards on 23 carries and 1 TD was impressive. Jason Hoffman,, "Guest TML: 10 things from Cincinnati Bengals' loss to Cleveland Browns in NFL Week 14," 9 Dec. 2019 Of course, the main man himself, Santa Claus, will be played by Dulaney High School’s own assistant principal, Dr. Robert Murray. Melissa Whatley,, "Quite a cast for Dulaney High’s upcoming theater shows," 26 Nov. 2019 Ford, a senior who plays both point and off guard, will be their main man. Steve Kroner,, "20th-ranked St. Mary’s men look to build off landmark win over Gonzaga," 2 Nov. 2019 The larger message, however, appears to be about the man behind it all: Chinese President Xi Jinping, who’s been busy centralizing power and cementing himself as China’s main man above all else. Washington Post, "China’s new morality guidelines describe how to eat right, lower carbon footprints — and think just like President Xi," 30 Oct. 2019 Dusan Tadic has been Ajax's main man in the group stages., "Chelsea vs Ajax: 4 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Crunch European Clash," 5 Nov. 2019 Meghan Markle also recently shared her monikers for the two main men in her life: Prince Harry and son Archie, born May 6. Stephanie Petit,, "Sophie, Countess of Wessex Shares Her Very Personal Nickname for Her Mother-in-Law, the Queen!," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of main man

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Jan 2020

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“Main man.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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