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leading lady

[lee-ding] /ˈli dɪŋ/
an actress who plays the principal female role in a motion picture or play.
Origin of leading lady
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Oh, Carter, when at the end he takes his sweetheart in his arms—the leading lady, and not at all attractive.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Jane Map was Mr. Pilgrim's leading lady, for the time being.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • She stood in the midst of the group like a leading lady when the other actors have forgotten their parts.

    The Sea Lady Herbert George Wells
  • But the leading lady stuck to him, and at last he went away.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • My leading lady was before me in the place of Lucy Draycott.

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray

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