Definition of lede in English:


(US, British lead)


  • The opening sentence or paragraph of a news article, summarizing the most important aspects of the story.

    ‘the lede has been rewritten and the headline changed’
    • ‘The Post's arresting lede indicates the U.S. government might have a good idea of the provenance of the forged documents:’
    • ‘You gotta hook your reader with the lede to keep him reading.’
    • ‘Give me the paragraph; give me the lede.’
    • ‘Some say the ending is the second most important paragraph after the lede.’
    • ‘In his lede, Simon explains that presidential nominees once avoided the political conventions that picked them.’
    • ‘Just underneath the lede was a Tokyo dateline analysis story with a very different angle.’
    • ‘You have to read 2,600 words beyond the lede before you're offered his self-defense.’
    • ‘A dull lede will ensure that whatever else you have to say will be worthless because it won't be read by someone who has skipped on to the next offering.’
    • ‘You are taught that if you say something in your lede, you need to back it up.’
    • ‘The story's lede alleges that Gen Yers are "young, smart, brash."’


  • bury the lede

    • Fail to emphasize the most important part of a story or account.

      ‘one should always listen carefully to the president, as he has a tendency to bury the lede’
      • ‘Don't bury the lede and don't pile on when updating.’
      • ‘Predictably, the editors buried the lede on this story, literally pushing the most damning revelations down to the last four grafs.’
      • ‘I understand that for those of you who are most concerned with the political aspects of this story, this may not amount to burying the lede.’
      • ‘Usually burying the lede 15 paragraphs in will be enough to ensure that most readers never see them.’
      • ‘That paragraph also buries the lede a bit, since we skipped right over a glowing projection for Yu Darvish.’
      • ‘The problem with this piece is a classic case of burying the lede.’
      • ‘There's a few covers out there which manage to make these precious songs vibrant and new without sullying their reputation or burying the lede.’
      • ‘They buried another interesting lede in the article, which is that the share of income median families must devote to home ownership is the HIGHEST it's been since 1989.’
      • ‘Fair as the column is, Kondracke buried the lede.’
      • ‘"Reuters buried the lede," said my source.’


1950s: alteration of lead, first used in instructions to printers, in order to distinguish the word from text to be printed.