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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 in that church body was the hero's patron and kindest friend.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • It was a play in which I acted as manager rather than as leading man.

  • In so dire a crisis it behoved a leading man to weigh his words.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • He now felt more like a spectator than the leading man in the drama.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • The leading man, Clements Devereaux, went right by us as near as I am to you.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
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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