or lead

[ leed ]

  1. Journalism.

    • a short summary serving as an introduction to a news story, article, or other copy.

    • the main and often most important news story.

Origin of lede

First recorded in 1950–55; altered spelling of lead1 (in the journalism sense “short introductory summary”), used in the printing trades to distinguish it from the homograph lead2 (in the sense “thin strip of type metal for increasing the space between lines of type”)

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