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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. 2017.
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  • Oh, Carter, when at the end he takes his sweetheart in his arms—the leading lady, and not at all attractive.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • 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
  • She stood in the midst of the group like a leading lady when the other actors have forgotten their parts.

    The Sea Lady Herbert George Wells
  • Mae was at last triumphantly secure in the rôle of leading lady.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • My leading lady was before me in the place of Lucy Draycott.

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray

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