an actor who plays the principal male role in a motion picture or play.
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- leading dog,
- leading edge,
- leading indicators,
- leading lady,
- leading light,
- leading mark,
- leading note,
- leading question,
- leading rating,
- leading reins
Origin of leading man
First recorded in 1695–1705
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a man who plays the main part in a film, play, etc
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