Lede definition

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The introductory portion of a news story, especially the first sentence.
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(Now chiefly UK dialectal, singular) A man; person.
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(chiefly UK dialectal, Scotland, collective plural) Men; people, folk.
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(UK dialectal, Scotland, singular) A people or nation.
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(Now chiefly UK dialectal, plural) Tenements; holdings; possessions.
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(US, journalism) The introductory paragraph(s) of a newspaper or other news article.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
lede
Plural:
ledes

Origin of lede

  • Obsolete spelling of lead revived in modern journalism to distinguish the word from its homograph lead strip of metal separating lines of type

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Mid-20th century neologism from a deliberate misspelling of lead (reverting to its archaic, phonetic spelling - compare Middle English below), intended to avoid confusion with its homograph meaning a strip of type metal used for positioning type in the frame. Compare hed (“headline").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English lede, leode, from Old English lÄ“ode (“men, people"), lÄ“od (“man"). More at leod.

    From Wiktionary