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leading man

[lee-ding] /ˈli dɪŋ/
an actor who plays the principal male role in a motion picture or play.
Origin of leading man
First recorded in 1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The leading man having readied the cover in front will signal back all clear, and the two men in the rear will join him.

  • “Nothing here,” said the leading man, of course in Malagasy.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • He found not a little humor in pre-empting the services of the Daly leading man as a sort of reciprocal stroke.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • "Say, that leading man of yours he's some class," cried Fanny.

  • Phinehas Nevers was quite a leading man in the early days of Maugerville.

    Glimpses of the Past W. O. Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for leading man

leading man

a man who plays the main part in a film, play, etc
Derived Forms
leading lady, noun:feminine
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