Definition of leading light in English:

leading light

noun

  • A person who is prominent or influential in a particular field or organization.

    ‘Lesley is a leading light in a local netball team’
    • ‘In the last 15 years Scotland has been a leading light in the field of public art and public sculpture.’
    • ‘He was fêted by bankers, politicians and the leading lights of the entertainment industry, who saw him as the Napoleon of the new economy.’
    • ‘Damage ensued and some local leading lights offered the sum of four pounds and a shilling for repairs.’
    • ‘Everyone would have to admit that Graham proved himself a leading light on the field of play.’
    • ‘He remains something of a performer himself, a leading light in the folk music movement who only succumbed to car ownership to transport his band to gigs.’
    • ‘The book features rich, critical depictions of today's leading lights, and the luminaries fare worse than the nerds.’
    • ‘The first legislative elections in December threw out the sitting candidates, notably the leading lights of the Fourth Republic, and savaged the left.’
    • ‘The silver-haired diplomat was considered one of the leading lights of the UN and a potential candidate to become secretary general.’
    • ‘The four-hour-long mega event will feature the leading lights of Malayalam cinema, music and literature.’
    • ‘He is probably the leading light in the field of Australian improvised music.’
    • ‘Here, but a handful of years later, their shift into one of the leading lights of modern jazz has been marked final.’
    • ‘These young stars will move on to be part of an album, which will be put together by leading lights from the music industry.’
    • ‘Your country is a leading light to be enjoyed by many and your people should be proud of their origin!’
    • ‘Dutch painters like Anthony van Dyck and Peter Paul Rubens have been adopted as honorary Englishmen, partly because they painted so many portraits of our leading lights.’
    • ‘He was an organic chemist, and this was his first exposure to a community of biologists, one that included many of the leading lights in the field.’
    • ‘It is certainly a good description of the views of the leading lights, including Franklin, Washington, Adams and Jefferson.’
    • ‘One of the leading lights in British jazz will be performing at the Platform in Morecambe on Saturday.’
    • ‘Film lovers have been treated to two weeks of premieres, classics of the past and special guest appearances by leading lights of the film world.’
    • ‘It is a bold step, but one forced on players - at least the leading lights in hurling and football - by the dismissiveness of officialdom for years.’
    • ‘A businessman who was a leading light in Manchester's city living boom has been disqualified from being a company director.’
    celebrity, famous person, very important person, personality, name, big name, famous name, household name, star, superstar, celebutante, mogul, giant, great, master, king, guru
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Pronunciation

leading light