by 1965, alternative spelling of lead (n.2) in the newspaper journalism sense (see lead (v.)), to distinguish this sense from other possible meanings of the written word, perhaps especially the molten lead (n.1) used in typesetting machines.

Nearby words

  1. led display,
  2. led zeppelin,
  3. leda,
  4. leda and the swan,
  5. ledbetter,
  6. lederberg,
  7. lederberg, joshua,
  8. lederhosen,
  9. ledge,
  10. ledger

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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