leading lady
noun Date: 1860 an actress who plays the leading female role

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Leading lady — is an informal term for the actress who plays a secondary lead or supporting role, usually a love interest, to the leading actor in a film or play. It is not usually applied to the leading actress in the performance if her character is the… …   Wikipedia

  • leading lady — noun count the main actress in a play, movie, or television show …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Leading Lady — Der Ausdruck Leading Lady („führende Dame“) bezeichnet im Repertoiretheater des englischen Sprachraumes das Rollenfach der weiblichen Geliebten. Neben dem Leading Man („führender Mann“), der routinemäßig als männlicher Liebhaber eingesetzt wird,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • leading lady — noun actress who plays the leading female role • Hypernyms: ↑actress * * * noun, pl ⋯ dies [count] : an actress who plays the most important female role in a play or movie * * * ˌleading ˈlady [leading lady] ˌleading ˈman noun the actor with the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • leading lady — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms leading lady : singular leading lady plural leading ladies the main actress in a play, film, or television programme …   English dictionary

  • leading lady — Synonyms and related words: actor, antagonist, antihero, bit, bit part, cast, character, cue, danseur noble, diva, fat part, feature attraction, feeder, first tragedian, headliner, heavy, heavy lead, hero, heroine, ingenue, jeune premier, lead,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • leading lady — n. leading actress, actress who plays the principal role in a movie or play …   English contemporary dictionary

  • leading lady — /lee ding/ an actress who plays the principal female role in a motion picture or play. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • leading lady — lead′ing la′dy [[t]ˈli dɪŋ[/t]] n. sbz an actress who plays the principal female role in a motion picture or play • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • leading lady — /lidɪŋ ˈleɪdi/ (say leeding laydee) noun the principal female actor in a play, film, etc …   Australian English dictionary

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