Leading Lady | Definition of Leading Lady by Merriam-Webster

leading lady


Definition of leading lady

: an actress who plays the leading female role

Examples of leading lady in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pose picked up a number of nominations for its stunning final season, and its leading lady Michaela Jaé Rodriguez made history as the first transgender woman to be in a lead acting category. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 22 Sep. 2021 At the end of the competition, the leading lady and her contenders will discover if this experience will bring them true love. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 7 July 2021 Before becoming a leading lady of reggaeton, Natasha was born Natalia Gutiérrez in Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Lucas Villa, Allure, 24 Sep. 2021 The Big Boss discussed building up the genre and its newcomers, while Karol opened up about bolstering her career following the pandemic and coming into the title of the genre's leading lady. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 17 Sep. 2021 While speaking with Entertainment Tonight at the taping of her Men Tell All special earlier this month, Thurston, 30, shared some advice for Young, 28, ahead of her stint as the next leading lady for the Bachelorette franchise. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 28 July 2021 But who is Daniel’s alleged leading lady, Amandla Crichlow? Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 25 Apr. 2021 She’s still not the leading lady of her own legacy, instead playing the love interest or spunky sidekick in the grand retelling of male achievements. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, 7 Dec. 2020 Instead of matching his leading lady's spectacular approach, however, Andrew Garfield goes inward, grounding Chastain's dazzle as the titular preacher's husband, Jim. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 9 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of leading lady

1860, in the meaning defined above

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11 Oct 2021

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“Leading lady.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leading%20lady. Accessed 11 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of leading lady

: an actress who plays the most important female role in a play or movie

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