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leading lady

[lee-ding] /ˈli dɪŋ/
an actress who plays the principal female role in a motion picture or play.
Origin of leading lady
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Jane Map was Mr. Pilgrim's leading lady, for the time being.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • My leading lady was before me in the place of Lucy Draycott.

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
  • But the leading lady stuck to him, and at last he went away.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • She did not in the least correspond to my idea of what a leading lady in a popular play should be.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • Mae was at last triumphantly secure in the rôle of leading lady.

    Just Patty Jean Webster

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