Lede definitions

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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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Origin of lede

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").